Short Stories

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‘The House’ By Pinaki Sengupta, , Sam thinks the stories about the mad house are false and goes in to prove it.Will he make it out of there?And at what cost?July 31, 2021Vote
‘Old Saugus Town, As Wide As It Can Be’ By Thomas Sheehan, , My hometown has blessed me with its open arms at arrival from elsewhere as a child, on my return from a Korean combat zone, allowed parts of 8 years spent at the reconstruction of the First Iron Works in America, now a National Park, and have lived in a house built in 1742 for nearly 90 years of my 94 years on this rare Earth.July 31, 2021Vote
‘Where the Unforgotten Runs atop the Soul of This Rare Earth, A Gathering of Memories, the Writing Kind’ By Thomas Sheehan, , Three men, in constant contact, realize that their hometown has no written record of the times they have spent here and getting here, and decide to write and publish a collection of such similar approaches of a host of citizens, including those who moved away or were lost in the wars they have known. It is an adventure of a task and eventual cost of publication of the collection is raised by donation as gathered by a trusted friend, 400 copies are dropped in one editor's driveway on a Saturday morning, carted to a Founder's Day celebration in the heart of the town. All 400 copies go like wildfire, 1600 more are sold, and another book is composed and published and sold out, and all income is donated to the local high school where one of the editors is head of the English Department for over 40 years, and the other editor is a former student of his.July 31, 2021Vote
‘Accidental Date’ By Gayle Chancey, , She waits for a date that doesn't show. He's hiding from a woman that hounds him. They each have a difference, not normal some say. Both are beautifulJuly 30, 2021Vote
‘Pre Cancer Pink ‘ By Emmy Corman, , In this short story my doctor finds a lump in my breast, this is extra scary because my dead mother had breast cancer. While breast cancer wasn't the thing that killed her, it definitely brought a dish to the party. Unfortunately I can't get a scan of the lump for over a week. But not to worry, I have a work trip to NYC that I believe will take my mind off the possible diagnosis. When I land in NYC I am greeted with the entire city decorated for Breast Cancer Awarness Month. This is a humorous story about looking for distractions even though the situation is all you -- and apparently all of NYC -- can think about.July 30, 2021Vote
‘Mom’s Wedding Dress’ By Emmy Corman, , An explorations of the guilt and relief about wearing my dead mom's wedding dress to my own wedding.July 30, 2021Vote
‘Hidden’ By Gayle Chancey, , Sadie hides from the man her mother lives with, she is seven. But wait is that her mother? is her name really Sadie? She has a friend who looks out for her, he is seven too, his father is a detective. A common story unravels.July 30, 2021Vote
‘Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway’ By Kevin Noa, , This is a short story based on the events of 911July 30, 2021Vote
‘Jamie” The Chosen One ‘ By tye, , Jamie '' The Chosen One is about a young woman with telepathic powers that was being bullied who unleash her powers on those that wronged her and mistreated her. This is a science fiction storyJuly 30, 2021Vote
‘Fairy of Ashes’ By Mary Lawson, , Ember is the last of the fairy stronghold. She and her clan had been fighting a dragon for days on end. To save herself, she needs to use a spell that could change the entirety of the war.July 30, 2021Vote
‘The Usual’ By Kookie_gee, , “May I take your order ma’am?” The barista spoke. “Uh…” Danielle had to think for a moment as she just had the breath knocked of her by the barista’s simplistic elegance. “The usual please—” She stuttered, smiling bashfully. . . Just another normal, mundane day in the life of a freelance writer, Danielle. She had no idea she was going to be swept off her feet by a new barista working at the cafe she usually goes to~ How will the woman with many insecurities be able to act upon her desires... It has to be just an attraction, right? She ain’t gonna do nothing about it—nothing—or so she thinks...July 30, 2021Vote
‘LANA’ By Evie Townsley, , LANA. An android, A chef, A maid, A Murderer? LANA was never created to be what she is now, will she ever escape?July 30, 2021Vote
‘The Colorless Month’ By Sara Diaz del Ser, , The Month wasn't a big deal—or, at least, it shouldn't have been. It was a simple process: lose your color, fall in love, get your color back. All in thirty days. Simple—except for the love part. And Ava was extremely Not Good at love.July 30, 2021Vote
‘The Warlock and the Princess’ By Favour Ekele, , In the kingdom of Herrarch, there lived a fat King named Abner, his beautiful wife Eliza and their small daughter Allix, the princess who was skilled at using swords but also very rebellious as she somehow got involved with a magic user, a warlock. Magic users were banned from the Kingdom, what could that mean if king Abner were to find out about HIM?July 29, 2021Vote
‘The Body Remembers’ By Alexandra Vigue, , Ready to take the $700 microblading plunge, Alex is ready to ditch the yoga-wearing, messy bun mom she's become. She's on a mission to become Alex 2.0-hot mom and business babe. In the height of the global pandemic she sets off to her appointment, only to find herself unlocking 11 years of trauma in a situation a little too close to home.July 29, 2021Vote
‘The Creature Under My Bed’ By Nadishka Aloysius, , Perfect for fans of Harry Potter this short story takes the reader on a magical adventure. A young magician is called to complete a Quest to prove they are worthy of graduating from the Academy and earning the title of Maedeis. Yet, not all is what is seems and the creature to be defeated is no puppy dog! A great read for male and female enthusiasts of magical arts.July 28, 2021Vote
‘I Hope You Are Listening’ By Nadishka Aloysius, , An unnamed girl deals with the repercussions of cyberbullying and betrayal. Written in the form of a recorded message from the girl to her boyfriend this story breaks genre boundaries while highlighting inner strength and empowerment in a young lady's life.July 28, 2021Vote
‘Secrets to the Grave’ By Alyx Barter, , A young revivalist- somebody with the capability to bring someone back to life- reminisces on their job and place in society.July 28, 2021Vote
‘Gone’ By Jamey Marshall, , Casey Jefferson lived a great life in the town of Hillside, attending high school at Hillside High. Her town was small, calm. That was until the summer of 2018, when people started disappearing and it was too hard not to notice in a town of that size. We all think we're safe until we're not. That's how Casey felt when she becomes one of those missing in her town.July 28, 2021Vote
‘Spectrum’ By Giovanna Napoleone, , Inspired by the collection of short story works of the Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury in 1951, Giovanna Napoleone writes a modern day, futuristic story based on the prevalent issue of racial profiling in a creative, non-conventional way for children. In the short story Spectrum, the present claim is intended to suggest the idea that racial profiling is still relevant today, and can not possibly end unless people change their mindset. As main character Mark finally buys his first pair of glasses, the Lenses within the story are meant to represent the filters that people see through when they see racial differences which also show their different perspectives of the world as a result of it. By having different colors being seen by all people in the story, it shows that every person has their own different versions of racism, and how that racism is unique to individuals and potentially harmful to our youth. Spectrum clearly displays the relevance of this topic through the way that everyone in Mark’s city goes about wearing the Lenses all day, everyday, and everywhere, including the chaos that ensues following the loss of them. At the end of the story, when the power source for society’s Lenses or means of racism disappears, it is clear that society struggles to see people in an equal light, due to the fear of unlearning their prejudices. As a result, within the short story Spectrum, the claim that racism is a mindset is highlighted through the use of technological Lenses and a play on color to show how racism affects trustworthiness in today’s society is a perfect message for children growing up in a polarized society who must learn the harms of prejudice.July 28, 2021Vote
‘Communion’ By A. B. Coleman, , At a church communion, people who drink the wine drop dead like flies, and the pastor is all to blame.July 28, 2021Vote
‘The neighbor comes over’ By MALIN TUVESSON, , Bell is having a bad day. Her apartment is on the top floor of an old building and the neighbor has a clear view straight in to her bedroom.It really bothers her but there is nothing she can do about it. She catches him watching her when she is reading a book and that is the start of an interesting interaction where he tells her about the times they have met before. Will they meet again in person?July 28, 2021Vote
‘Fear Friday A Witches Curse’ By Jay Bahre, , It was 1736 when a family that lived in Salem Connecticut were accused of being into black magic and there for each of them were considered a witch. Late one night the accusers broke into the families house and took the mother, father and young daughter out by force. They were taken to the town green and all tied to wooden polls and burnt to their deaths. The fire started by taking the fathers life, then the mothers life, their young daughter watched the fire consume her parents and finally the hot fire made it to her but before it took her life she made a promise to the people she would come back and seek her revenge out on all the people that did this to them.July 27, 2021Vote
‘LEAP DAY @2112’ By Christopher Costello, , The purpose mankind faces as a mere cog developing Artificial Intelligence to assist humans out swings both ways for both gatekeepers to the doors from the realm where power lies in advancing technology even when it means to our own human existence demise!? "Dust to dust ashes to ashes!?" The underlying theme of the story is that someday science will prove all religious origin stories true!?July 27, 2021Vote
‘Summertime’ By D.K., , This is the story of every young man who has been in love in the summer.July 27, 2021Vote
‘Redemption, a fantasy’ By N.K Quatre, , Erick and Jany are a young couple living in Toronto. Everything is going fine until Mike, Jany's ex come back in town...July 27, 2021Vote
‘LightHouse’ By BAoS King Coles, , After a chance encounter with the outside world, a young man sheltered from life ventures forth to experience the joy and pain that makes life worth living.July 27, 2021Vote
‘Had to marry sister’ By Angraj Waghmare, , This story is about two people who faces great agony of society for not following their culture, after reading it you'll come to know what exactly they did & what consequences they faced for it.July 27, 2021Vote
‘An early autumn’s revelation’ By Debojit, , A story of coming out — out of one's closet of self-denial, out of the other's centred perception and out of another's preconceived notions. A story of acceptance, growth and pursuit of happiness and love.July 27, 2021Vote
‘True Heroes’ By H.D. Dawn, , Heroes aren't just the muscular men in capes, or the women flying through the air that you hear about in comic books and movies. They're much more than that. When Fred Garcia is hailed as a hero, he hails everyone around him and proves that true heroes lie inside everyone great and small.July 26, 2021Vote
‘Daffodil of March’ By Karen Phelps, , An elderly lady is in her yard at night gazing at the moon, on her birthday.She reminisces seventy years of her past. She recalls important events and family relationships. She muses her regrets and then transcends to a jubilee of new life.July 26, 2021Vote
‘A Psychonaut in Training’ By Noah Hradek, , This is a story about my psychedelic experimentation with mescaline. I provide my own thoughts and opinions on what the psychedelic experience meant to me and to the whole world. The psychedelic experience is so varied, that no one narrative can describe it and even words cannot describe it. However, I try my best to convey my thoughts and feelings during the experience.July 26, 2021Vote
‘The Rise of the Divine Feminime’ By Camilla Nichols, , We can save ourselves, thank you. We are Warriors as well. We were Matriarchal societies long ago but that changed when humans began to compete for food, water...and war led to Women being taken as goods...possessions. The Divine Feminine was erased (along with her Wisdom and Mercy) and we had forgotten for a few millennium who we truly are - Partners. The Divine Feminine is Rising. Before the Divine Masculine, who was replaced with the Warrior Archetype, can Awaken to take their place shoulder to shoulder with the Divine Feminine, she had to Awaken first for two Reasons. The Primary Reason being that She needed to Remember who She was. It was necessary for Her to Rediscover Herself and once again Stand in Her Gifts and Power. She had to Remember who She was and who She Had Been. Disempowered Eons ago, with each passing Generation She was slowly Forgotten not just by Herself, but by all. Her History was Erased and Her Archetype altered to a Female SubServient to the Destructive and Ego-driven Warrior Archetype who, over Time, Replaced the Divine Masculine. Both the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine Forgot that they used to Stand Side-by-Side in Balance as Co-partners and Co-Creators. They Forgot they Balanced not only Each Other but they Balanced the Societies and Cultures in which they lived. JudgMENt Balanced with Mercy, Love instead of Hate, Unity instead of Division, Nurture Balanced with Protection. When She disappeared, the World became a place of War, Suffering, Poverty, Greed, Selfishness and JudgMent. In order to Re-Establish Balance the Divine Feminine had to ReClaim Her Power from the self-professed Superior Warrior Masculine Archetype. Over Time this Archetype had Replaced the Divine Masculine, so that Men, too, had Forgotten Men and Women are meant to Balance Each Other. It was Her Remembering that would be the Catalyst for Awakening Her Counterpart, the Divine Masculine. The Warrior Archetype is one of Power, Dominance, Control, PunishMent and War. With this Archetype are not regarded as Partners and Equals. There is no Balance of Mercy to the Warrior JudgMent. The Feminine traits of Compassion, Nurturing and Love were seen as Weaknesses, not Strengths. It was tragic, this emergence of the Warrior. It led to centuries of War and EnslaveMent. It led to centuries where Women had no Voice. They were the Property of Men. They were not Respected as Equals. Men used them to Satisfy their Needs, to cook and clean and Raise their Children. They cleared the table; they no longer to sat at the same table with the Men. But the Divine Feminine is Rising. These Mama Bears need no saving. They will save the World.July 26, 2021Vote
‘The Professional Clown’ By Freddy Zalta, , A man who has suffered unfathomable horrors comes to the United States in search of salvation. Through his curiosity and his empathy for the children he encounters, his first glimpse of a movie and a stage production ignite him to follow his path through life and love. Befriending a young man later in his life provides a revelation that not everything we once thought lost is ever forgotten.July 26, 2021Vote
‘The Blackest Night’ By Danielle Duffy, , College student Nicole has a life-changing evening with her crush at a house party.July 26, 2021Vote
‘Adventures Aboard the Darkwing’ By Cynthia Felker, , Ambassador Wryn of Castion and King Etanoe of the Paragon leave their homeworld to get information vital to their people. Wryn gains a new companion, the king retrieves the information, but at what cost? When Wryn and Etanoe return to their homeworld, they do not return as the people who left. A new future has been carved out for both of them, not necessarily the one they planned for.July 26, 2021Vote
‘Irish Goodbye’ By Steven Cahill, , Disgraced author and drug addict/alcoholic Evan Williams returns home to Boston to ask an old friend for a big favor. Destitute from poor decisions and his own vices, Evan is forced to go back to the only other thing he knows how to do: dealing drugs.July 26, 2021Vote
‘A Tail from the darkside’ By James Mercer, , A psychiatrist discovers a patient's dark secret.July 25, 2021Vote
‘Ivan Kommt! ‘ By Nicholas Johnson, , A teenage Red Army soldier crosses with his unit into Germany. When the commissars let them off the leash, the boy sees the depths of his older comrades' depravity and realizes he's not strong enough to stand up against peer pressure to commit atrocious acts he never thought himself capable of.July 25, 2021Vote
‘Malthusian Altruism ‘ By Nicholas Johnson, , Civilization has crumbled though not everyone is yet aware of it. Infectious diseases are ravaging the population while heavily armed militias prove too much for federal forces to handle. Those fortunate enough to still be living in the dream have descended upon Soldier Field, where they plan to hold a benefit concert. The show is almost derailed, though, when the stars can't decide whether or not they should be donating guns or birth control.July 25, 2021Vote
‘Some Danced In the Rain’ By Shobana Gomes, , Casey has to accommodate the new norm. Things will never be as they were before. The pandemic had taught the world to fear the unknown. Sad stories and tragic memories will stay embedded in the hearts of every surviving person. While the world suffers its dire consequences, nature thrives.July 25, 2021Vote
‘Sarah’s Story’ By Camilla Nichols, , In 20018 I was a volunteer working with orphans and single mothers in a very poor village in Kampala, Uganda. I came prepared for extreme poverty and dismal hygiene and sanitation. I was right and I was oh-so-wrong. I came as a humanitarian. I left a changed person. My definition of poverty and abundance have done a complete flip. These beautiful people are so loving, generous and resilient. I learned what it meant to truly be part of a community where everyone watches out for everyone else. You see, when you have little, you share. Always. Sarah would always say to Me: “Camilla, God is a God of Miracles, Signs and Wonders.” She believed it and I saw it happen for her over and over again. We would be out of water and the skies would open and all the rain barrels would be Overflowing. We would be out of food and someone would come from their farm, unannounced, and leave beans, matoke, avocado (a treat), casava, or someone would bring us a live chicken. Good News: Beans! Bad News: Beans for Weeks! But No One Complained (I wanted to). We all got to work shelling, grateful to have food. I started to write these women's stories as well as the stories of the young girls, child mothers, many of them. Simple Things. I hope you find Sarah's story inspirational. I did.July 25, 2021Vote
‘Beasts of Nature’ By Veronica Therrien, , Three animal leaders watch their lands be destroyed by humans, but suddenly growing a bond with three teenagers who can hear their voices, they learn these strange humans are the key to stopping the chaos.July 24, 2021Vote
‘Fading Light’ By Veronica Therrien, , After surviving a car accident and the death of her parents at a young age, seventeen-year-old Larissa was rescued by Fagin, an elf who lives in a hidden world, who took her in and raised her in their home of Conimar. Little does she know, her new home is connected to her in more ways she can't imagine.July 24, 2021Vote
‘Lost World’ By Emily Dernoeden, , Decades after the fallout, Skandar and his tribe live in a commune where life depends on the knowledge and cunning of each citizen. In the New World survival is a brutal game, and the winner takes all.July 24, 2021Vote
‘Spirit of Peace’ By Daniel Fansler, , A forest fox spirit, Kieshako, runs from a great evil that wishes to bring her and her kind to extinction. Seeking out the aid of the great sprits who lord over the forested realm, she hopes that they might have the power to eradicate this amalgamation of hatred and anger once and for all and save her from a terrible fate.July 24, 2021Vote
‘Summer Fallen’ By Veronica Therrien, , Being despised by her sisters, Dawn only has 3 months every year to escape the darkness and share her kingdom with earth. Though majority of her life is hidden away, having her only friend, Cierra, helps her see that it's always worth waiting for to return.July 23, 2021Vote
‘Open Letter to Christian Webster ‘ By Anabeast, , A former fan's letter to a rapper recounting a terrible experience with his inner circle.July 23, 2021Vote
‘World War W’ By Simon Pearce, , The World War for water has begun, and the powers that be are trying anything and everything to stay hydrated. New tech is tested in the battlefields by soldiers and not all are voluntary participants.July 23, 2021Vote
‘DeJaVue You’ By Chet McHenry, , When a young woman enters a building for her first job interview in a year little does she know it will be her last.July 22, 2021Vote
‘The Governess and The Graveyard’ By Ashley Weaver, , A crumbling mausoleum, an old diary, and a mysterious death surround a Parisian tourist as she learns about the existence of a crypt of corpses that led to the demise of the ghost who is haunting her.July 22, 2021Vote
‘The Buzite’ By Ted Morrissey, , It’s 1907 and a snowstorm is raging — but it is nothing compared to the rage young Whit Houndstooth is feeling. His beloved-from-afar Sara has died in childbirth, and Whit holds his rival Billy Holcomb responsible. He knows Billy will be checking his father’s hunting traps in Hollis Woods, so Whit goes in search of him, planning to use his equestrian strength to crush the life from him. But Whit finds that the wintry woods are filled with surprises.July 22, 2021Vote
‘DeJaVue You’ By Chet McHenry, , s on her first job interview in over 1 year not knowing it will be the last intervJuly 22, 2021Vote
‘Workaholic’ By Ralynn Frost, , Corporate life is brutal. Especially when you combine stress, loneliness, and mind-altering medications. A hostile takeover isn’t all that’s going on at Wolfram & Deloitte. What happens when the truth isn’t what you expected?July 21, 2021Vote
‘A Favour For Family’ By Chris Smith, , This story follows the consequences of doing the wrong thing, just to keep your family happy.July 21, 2021Vote
‘Through the Ether and Ashes’ By Brynna C Jones, , A woman loses her husband and child in an accident, thus leading to her downward spiral. She doesn't want to live or feel anymore but comes to the conclusion that her family whom she's lost would be saddened and disappointed if she decided to end it by her own hand. So she finds ways, both destructive and healthy -- later on -- of dealing with her hopelessness and despair. She joins the military so that her life, or death, will have meaning, and serve a purpose to a worthy cause. To make her family proud. She ends up 'dying' in the line of duty, and discovers that she is actually immortal after she is reborn through flame and ashes, and avenges her fallen comrades, is gifted a short encounter with her dead husband and child, and overcomes the evil men who held her hostage as a prisoner of war.July 20, 2021Vote
‘Bury Your Dead’ By Emily Dernoeden, , When Lana wins a free trip, she and her friend embark on a margarita-fueled cruise to the Caribbean. But they soon find out that everything comes with a price and no one rides for free.July 20, 2021Vote
‘The Green Rose’ By Emily Dernoeden, , A porcelain Dalmatian and determined little girl go on a whimsical quest to find the improbable: a green rose. Their unflappable belief in something never seen before materializes in an unexpected way on this magical journey.July 20, 2021Vote
‘Deadly Hunt’ By Paul, , The story is about six village boys who went for a hunting in a forest inhabited by wild and deadly animals. The hunting squad came into contact with very dangerous animals and the boys were killed one after another in the most cruel manner. Two of the boys went missing in action, one of them was rescued by hunters in his last minute before to joining his ancestors. The survivor lived to narrate the ordeal when he finally got home after seven days of horrific encounters which left him with one arm, blind eye and incurable memories of loosing five of his friends to the jungle.July 20, 2021Vote
‘A Walking Blizzard’ By Georgi Petkov, , A young boy describes his feelings about an encounter with another boy, which turned out to be way more impactful than either of them expected. Being young and curious, both of them are exploring unfamiliar territories, but that doesn't mean they're on the same page. The story is told from the perspective of the boy, who suffered more severe damages from the storm.July 20, 2021Vote
‘Raymond Gets a Gun’ By Tsahai Makeda, , This story is about a man whose internal struggles overtake him emotionally and thus manifests into a tragic situation which no one saw coming.July 19, 2021Vote
‘Catching Frogs’ By Blue Sky, , When I was a boy my Grandpa would take me and my dad fishing at Little Whitney Meadow. This is the nostalgic story of one of those days.July 19, 2021Vote
‘Smashing A Shattered Heart’ By Mari Lou, , A shattered dignity smashed into tiny pieces... A bleeding heart wrung to the last drop... A dumb defiling a numb, could things get any better? Jovanni dela Victoria, a striving young man who was never been loved, once met the eyes of the university heartthrob, Kirt Valdez, a young master pampered since birth. They say that, opposite poles attract. Well, they did attract, but then, why did they keep repelling after?July 19, 2021Vote
‘The First Hitler’s Ally in Europe’ By Sasha, , He is a little known politician from Europe, in the Hitler's era. It is the Hungarian regent Miklos Horthy, the first European politician who broke sanctions against Hitler and extended his friendly hand to Hitler. Hungary became the most faithful German ally in the World War II, and remained its ally to the very end. In the process of creating a pre-Trianon Hungary (Hungary with borders at the time of the Austro-Hungarian empire), Miklos Horthy committed various war crimes against humanity. In the northern part of Serbia, which he occupied under the auspices of Adolf Hitler, this monster committed a genocide against the native Serbian population, as well as against the Jewish community. The systematic extermination of Serbs and Jews was particularly cruel and devastating in January 1942, when thousands of people were tossed into the frozen rivers so that nobody could ever count the exact number of executed, and that there would be no burial places where one could pay homage to them. The recent records discovered at the United Nations show that Horthy was filed as a war criminal, but his crimes were largely covered-up. My story uncovers all of his crimes.July 19, 2021Vote
‘Necromancer’s Delight’ By Jasis, , Haversmith is under attack by a Necromancer and her horde of undead. A battle of good and evil will determine the future of the land.July 18, 2021Vote
‘Sana Sana’ By Ayling Dominguez, , Karla wakes up smily, and a little cold, despite the rattling radiator, when she looks down at herself only to discover she's woken up as a frog and to a Kafka-esque journey of mending family relationships in a Latine household.July 18, 2021Vote
‘Midsummer’ By Molly Ringle, , Callie, a grief-stricken young teacher in modern-day Oregon, meets a kind stranger on Midsummer Night, who cheers her up by showing her the path to a hill spangled with daisies. But after their one evening of conversation and a kiss, and a brief run-in with uncanny beings with antlers and wings, he begs her to find out more about him, and about hills like this one, then disappears. Callie's loneliness turns quickly to determination. She learns he's been missing for twelve years and that the fair folk are likely his captors, and that with this knowledge and the right gift offered to the folk, she might be able to free him.July 17, 2021Vote
‘FASTER THAN LIGHT’ By Mehmet Ali Yazan, , Professor Ebyogin is at a Russian radio-astronomy observatory, monitoring Middle-Earth’s orbit for meteorites that could pose a threat to Earth, when he detects sudden high-frequency energy radiation. Normally, an explosion of this magnitude cannot occur in this orbit. The professor reports what he has seen to the Russian Air and Space Forces and asks if a spacecraft is at the coordinates where the energy radiation appeared. He learns that while an American communications satellite was located at the coordinates, the satellite disappeared immediately after Ebyogin detected the radiation. When the professor consults a colleague at the Russian Academy of Sciences, the colleague tells Ebyogin that it may be a leakage of negative energy from a parallel universe. Both professors believe that the American satellite may have converted a negative mass into energy and used it as fuel—that is, the Americans may have discovered Warp drive. When they relay this information to the Russian Air and Space Forces, the Russian government convenes to discuss it. The Russian President calls the US President to ask what has happened. The US President says that this is not secret information; the Americans have discovered the negative particles called tachyons, and they will share their knowledge with the world during a meeting to be held in Florida in two days. The Russians are invited to this meeting. Professor Ebyogin and the Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces attend the meeting as delegates. Before the briefing, NASA takes all the guests on a space shuttle to the Moon. The shuttle takes off without any explosions or jolts and eventually reaches a great speed, making the journey very short. The guests are even more amazed when they reach the back of the Moon, where they observe the construction of a spaceship, hundreds of meters long, in a giant shipyard. Captain Kirk's famous words echo in the background as the NASA administrator tells the passengers that this is the first spaceship to have a Warp drive, and that its name is Enterprise: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!”July 17, 2021Vote
‘A Deal is a Deal’ By J D Savage, , A down-and-out businessman walks into a bar and finds a stranger that promises to change his life for the acceptance of a favor. As his work life grows better exponentially, it's time to pay back the favor but he finds that the favor is too high a price that he is willing to pay and all hell breaks loose in his life.July 17, 2021Vote
‘Global Fiction’ By ERIC LUSION, , Once upon a time, in a Galaxy far far away, lived a race of powerful beings on a beautiful,
vibrant planet. This planet was primely positioned to a great central Sun enabling it to facilitate
countless forms of life; life was good. Through time the inhabitants of this planet went through
many cycles of creation & destruction until eventually, they began worshiping false gods and
forgot just how powerful they truly were. You see, these beings were capable of projecting their
envisioned realities & after a while, the reality they began to experience was slowly and
methodically being orchestrated without their knowing. The reality that began to take place on
this precious sphere in the cosmos was a reality that had been fed to their society without their
conscious awareness to such a sinister degree, that it had all been taking place under the
guise of their own benefit.
July 16, 2021Vote
‘Mitchell & The Giant Of Golden Valley’ By MJ Davids, , Six adventurous friends in the Scottish Highlands come face-to-face with a legendary, child-stealing Giant. Mitchell faces a harrowing series of tests involving curses, magic and unusually large fruit in an attempt to rescue his friends and a village child thought long lost. A tale of friendship, courage and learning from your mistakes, but ultimately affirming the mantra of "nobody gets left behind". This is the first in a series of fun, magical children's books with "Mitchell" as the protagonist. The next, "Mitchell & The Witch Of Misty Mountain" is already written, and sees the friends facing an wicked witch responsible for the cursed valley and the 'evil' giant in book one.July 15, 2021Vote
‘Dulce’ By Jessica Parrish, , Although only 16, Dulce is not her mother's daughter, so to speak. To her, her mom is her world. Her strength, her reason for being the person who she is growing into. Ducle knows that her mom deserves so much more than the toxic situation that they are seemingly stuck in. Even after she practically laid down her own life to save her mother's, her mom still chose to stay with her abuser. Feeling alone, rejected and fed up, Dulce knows that there is so much more to this world then this fight or flight lifestyle. Deciding that she's had enough, she makes the split decision to leave. Her young age be damned. She knows she is worth more, deserves more. She will be the one to break this generational pattern of abuse even if she has to struggle on her own along the way. This short story is just the tip of the iceberg. This new generation of young people are just the fighters and advocates that we need to begin to end the cycles of abuse and trauma. I am honored to be able to tell this delicate story through a strong, empowered female character.July 15, 2021Vote
‘SIgnificance’ By Chris McWhirt, , Young Alex Popov was considered by many to be a chess prodigy. His family was forced to move to move to remote farm in the Tunguska region. In 1907 this meant the end of his chess career. Strangely he found himself playing again in the attic of his grandfathers farm house. The stakes were never higher. The fate of our world hung in the balance.July 15, 2021Vote
‘Special Delivery’ By Chris McWhirt, , A strange package from the past arrives at a most inappropriate time. A door is seemingly opened to a parallel universe and fame and fortune. That is if Chris Larrimore can follow instructions from none other than Nickola Tesla.July 15, 2021Vote
‘Cauchemar’ By Michie Cruz, , After being relocated against their will by their family, Seraph is forced to live in an old, decrepit house. What they find about this place, however, is more than what they can handle. Nightmares are commonplace for them, but this nightmare they will find hard to escape from.July 14, 2021Vote
‘The War With the Monster’ By P.F. White, , Tom is the toughest 12 year old boy you've ever met. He and his pals have no shortage of knives, attitude, or beautiful summer days. Then a monster in the woods eats one of his friends. No, it ain't no metaphor, it's: Huckleberry Finn vs. Predator. Time for Tom to man up and go to war!July 14, 2021Vote
‘Something Impossible, Something Small’ By P.F. White, , An old woman lies on her deathbed. Her husband of fifty years makes a confession to her, something truly unbelievable. Now she must accept the impossible, and make a choice she had never considered. And with the passing of strange aeons, does romance die?July 14, 2021Vote
‘Soviet Space’ By P.F. White, , A young girl pretends to be a Soviet spy during the cold war while making nightly transmissions from her attic on a broken radio. Then the radio starts talking back. Is it the Russians, or something far stranger?July 14, 2021Vote
‘The Show’ By P.F. White, , A condemned man takes part in a game show approximating an ancient roman arena. The stakes are life and death, yet not everything is as it seems.July 14, 2021Vote
‘A Murder in Frogtown ‘ By Antwan Floyd Sr., , Private Detective Black Love embarks on a simple cheating boyfriend case he leaves Chicago to go to St. Paul, MN and finds himself witnessing a murder and accused of said murder, will he figure out who the real culprit is and clear his name before it's too late?July 14, 2021Vote
‘“Papa & Me” || In Remembrance of my Grandfather’ By Eric Lee Gardner, , Although you left us 20 years ago, forget you we will not. Around our entire planet, within every nation, we all live in different places, hold different beliefs, like different things and even think differently. This is an undeniable fact of life and is mostly contributed to our free will. With so many differences between us, it’s amazing that somehow we find each other and bonds of love are formed. A universal shared trait is our need for a sense of family.July 13, 2021Vote
‘Over Wind-Haunted Mountains & Raging Oceans’ By Joseph Smeall, , A woman comes to terms with her experience of the Great Flood of 1998, from an international distance.July 13, 2021Vote
‘Survive, Stay Alive, Repeat…’ By Aanchal Ratha, , Ashlyn lived with her brother, Trent, alone in the house. Her parents worked full time in another state so they both had each other only. An unexpected news of robots taking over was shown. Ash got a call from her parents to board Train B23 with Trent, which would take them to shuttle, for a safe place to live. When they reached the crowded train station to get the tickets, Ashlyn got separated and wasn’t able to board the train on time. She was left back with a few other people and a student from her school. Together they try to find a way to safety, always on the run.July 13, 2021Vote
‘The Cloud People’ By Diana Denham, , Anina is with her head in the clouds - literally. She is of the mythical race of the cloud people called the Norians, where things are all too perfect, but something is missing. Adventure. She watches a Peruvian pirate ship with the notorious captain, Seskel, and she wants in. To do that however, she needs to break a law so she can be banished to earth. Seeking adventure, she is also struck with a mission from the king of the Norians right before she is banished.July 13, 2021Vote
‘Biosphere 3, 2, 1, 0……..’ By Ronald Oremand, , A true story of my take on and visits to Biosphere 2 and its demise. Not sure where to place it......the story has humor but it is also a memoir of sorts. Call it creative non-fiction.July 12, 2021Vote
‘The immortal hecklers’ By Georgios Tsiakiris, , The Immortal Comedy Club invites stand-up comedians to satisfy the supernatural hard-boiled public. The owner needs to reduce the amount of the violence that breaks loose in every performance. He needs Nils, who will take the responsibility to save the other mortals, by taking up a solo show.July 12, 2021Vote
‘The Lady of the Lake’ By Justin, , A moment under the moon where a young man reunites with a spirit of an old lover under a full moon.July 12, 2021Vote
‘Love and Forgiveness’ By Jamal Brown, , A Psychologist falls madly in love with one of his patients and a whirlwind relationship begins. But the psychologist has a nearly 50 year feud with someone close to him. Will the feud end in love, or will they walk away in shambles? Will they ever get to make amends?July 11, 2021Vote
‘Mister Florian Amazing Greenhouse’ By Nelly Shulman, , A love story of two magicians, living in a fantasy town.July 11, 2021Vote
‘A Cold Day in Hell’ By Annie-Kate Bradley, , This is a short story about two brothers, betrayal, and karma. Once a millennia, Hell freezes over forming an ice bridge between this world and the next. Fin drives across this bridge into Hell to visit his brother, Hebi. When Fin makes it back to his car to leave, he realizes he's forgotten his keys. His only way out of Hell is right in front of him but completely out of reach. He's painfully aware that the ice bridge is melting. He thinks about Hebi who is trapped in Hell because Fin tricked him and ultimately trapped him. Hebi hates him for this, so he knows getting the keys back will be a challenge. But the bridge is melting fast so he has no choice. He goes back for the keys. Hebi murders Fin, stepping over his body and out the open door. He takes Fin's keys, steals his car, and starts driving to the boarder. He thinks about Fin who is dead in Hell because he tricked him and ultimately trapped him. Hebi reveals that the original crime was always his. He manipulated Fin into thinking it was his fault. Hebi knew Fin's bleeding heart would make him visit and give Hebi an escape route. When Hebi makes it to the boarder to leave, he realizes the bridge has already melted. His only way out of Hell is right in front of him but completely out of reach. Like the water falling from the ice, his tears fall into the magma sea. He realizes he's truly trapped for Eternity.July 11, 2021Vote
‘The Big Bang’ By J. Forrest Wilson, , In the final hours of the universe, a skirmish between a science vessel and a group of fanatics on a suicide mission determines the fate of all life.July 10, 2021Vote
‘Wake Up and Win: Take Your Life off Autopilot’ By David Moore, , This book is a true story based on one man’s decision to win every single day, (what ever success means to you). With a drive to be his best, Dave didn’t allow life’s circumstances to stop him from becoming a winner in all aspects of life. Through each story and challenge, Dave’s passion is to help you overcome your obstacles and become your best. Dive deep and fly high with Dave as you engulf yourself in this adventurous, inspirational page-turner!July 9, 2021Vote
‘Fortnight Sonata’ By Cecilia Sarthe, , This I wrote when being under strict quarantine with my husband. Both of locked in a tiny apartment day and night. That's when he started playing Fortnite and being so engaged with the game and the fictional world it created that, there were times, when I thought the game would engulf him completely. That he, himself, would turn into one of those bits and bytes characters. And what if he actually did? What if reality and game became one? What if he his aim were to remain the last man standing in our own quarantined reality? That's when reality turned into horror. That's when this story was born.July 9, 2021Vote
‘Fallen Leaves’ By Mark Davidson, , These are vignettes of experiences I had as a young boy visiting my grandparents island in Lunenburg Bay, Nova Scotia. The impression of the sea and the power of water were pressed deeply into me at a young age, in the way that the waves of a hundred thousand years imprint upon sand that in time become rock, fossilized, indelible in stone. This collection of vignettes is meant to capture that experience.July 9, 2021Vote
‘Blue Girl: Nursing Beyond the Ward’ By Emma Gracie, , In 1997, just before I turned 16, I was accidentally flung into the world of healthcare. This unexpected journey lit a fire in me that would carry me through the next 23 years of nursing. I’ve witnessed births, deaths and all that lies in between. I’ve been exhausted, heartbroken and anguished and I have battled my own illness that forced me to change places from nurse to patient. But I have also had a blast. I’ve met and learned from extraordinary characters who I can never forget. I’d love you to meet them too and share the crazy, sad, shocking, moving and hilarious experiences that made me Blue Girl.July 9, 2021Vote
‘Gentle’ By G. Russell Cole, , Two people meet in a bar and explore life, sex and love.July 8, 2021Vote
‘Lucien’s ‘ By Clay Vermulm, , Have you ever heard the adage "he or she looks good enough to eat?" At Lucien's, it is less a common idiom and more a business model that has made the luxurious restaurant the most successful dining establishment in the Saturn orbit (never mind that it is also the only place to eat within 300 million miles).July 8, 2021Vote
‘Escape Plan’ By Anjali Jha, , Be aware what you wish for. If this world was a wish granting factory and your ginnie came himself at your door, what would be your choice? Rohan was an outgoing cheerful 13year old boy living each day as a perfect all rounder in school. He was someone who would go all out if you need his help but won't let his guard down when it's about rankings in school charts. But even a perfectionist life could be imperfect if you look carefully. Everyday it's same routine for him, home to school then home again but with delay. The perfect family isn't that perfect. The smile, the cover up story is all that matters in this superficial world. Amidst this the only escape plan for Rohan was his peculiar friends, who share his secrets and also his pain. But what if one day a seemingly harmless choice is given to you? Would you choose your perfect life or let go of all the pain with a little price to be paid.July 7, 2021Vote
‘root, bark, bone’ By Lindsay Scarpello, , In a world of red earth and bone born from the salt and sand, the last dendrochronologist meets a man preserving something out of myth. A tree.July 6, 2021Vote
‘Other Names for God’ By Bob Peck, , It's often either angry white man God or a complete lack of, for the religious and the non-religious. In this short piece, Bob Peck jumps through all of the other ways human beings have thought about, connected with, and defined the divine.July 6, 2021Vote
‘Jinx – a story about success’ By Calina-Ioana Paunescu, , In the Cat District, life is easy... except if you are a stray cat; and in top of that, a black one. Jinx is the most skilled mouse hunter in the district, but his condition makes him unworthy in white cats' eyes. But Jinx knows his worth and nothing will stop him from gaining success. Join Jinx and his non-binary friend, Rusty, in their journey to be heard and seen and to break the stereotypes. It's a story about systemic discrimination and not giving up no matter what others say.July 6, 2021Vote
‘Finley the Brave and Persefoni the Death Giver’ By Megan Pounds, , The story begins as Finley the Brave’s is just ending. She sits next to a dying dragon, another princess lost, another day without her true love. Beyond the dragon, a luminous being named Persefoni appears and explains herself to Finley as a Death Giver, although not death itself. This alone intrigues Finley as she’s always been so curious about what death is and what it means. Finley the Brave and Persefoni the Death Giver is a story exploring life’s oddities such as love and falling into that great abyss and of course, death. Even the bravest have questions, and that’s okay.July 5, 2021Vote
‘THE YOO YOO THEORY OF EVOLUTION’ By AJ, , A satire of the collapse of the Universe and the 2020 election as captured in a newspaper column by a former N Y Yankee pitcher turned sportswriter. After revealing how he, AJ, along with win Fred Quixote, the then-mayor of N Y City, his son Donald, and friend and Hall of Fame catcher/team-mate, Sancho Cohen, assisted their idiotic professor, Ichabod Crane to create a theory for the end of the Universe, with a possible escape clause available to Donald and Sancho, he describes, in detail how Fred schemes to get his son rel-elected as president in 2020 by use of the escape clause. The scheme hilariously fails.July 5, 2021Vote
‘Wilder Summer Camp’ By Masha A. M., , Addy has been excited over the summer trip Mom had booked for the entire family. New friends, new environment, and maybe, who knows, a new boyfriend, she giggled. And true, it was a summer to remember. However, all that will change. Addy soon begins noticing strange activities. She feels determined to solve the mystery behind the Wilder Summer Camp. But will she? What began as a normal trip soon turned out to be a nightmare. Who will save them? or Will it be too late for them?July 5, 2021Vote
‘The Enemy’ By Robert Sepulveda, , Humanity has restarted on Earth 2. They have been in a protracted war with the mysterious off-worlders for centuries and finally are at the cusp of ending it. One man, Prime Commander Arkez leads humanity, but what he finds out near the culminating event will forever change the future of humanity.July 4, 2021Vote
‘Generation P.’ By Anna Zagerson, , After the Big Fry virus destroys his parent's generation, a small boy discovers a classmate whose mother is still alive.July 4, 2021Vote
‘The Traveler’ By Kevin B. Ploth, , A Gothic Realm series of Short Stories. This one is the tale of a Travler warned of the dangers on the toad ahead and negative happens when one does not head the warnings of the local folk.July 4, 2021Vote
‘A Nameless Love ‘ By Anders R. Fairchild, , A memory I have of a conversation with my aging grandfather who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's. Within the memory, he struggles to share a childhood story with me, battling his own mind to remember the details. I struggle with feelings of loss and depression at seeing the man I've loved and looked up to my entire life fall to this level. The experience peeks when he tells me he loves me when I go to leave, but he cannot remember my name. Later, I ponder and reflect on the experience and am overwhelmed with the emotions it gives me. Only after a little introspection am I able to overcome these feelings, realizing that while my grandfather doesn't remember everything, he does remember what matters.July 4, 2021Vote
‘The Gifted ‘ By Anders R. Fairchild, , A king leads a rebellion against his rival all in a single night. Using trickery, his advanced intellect, and a unique new magic, he undoes decades of peace treaties and negotiations in order to gain the power he feels he deserves. In the end, however, he realizes that the prize he coveted so badly will not be his after all.July 4, 2021Vote
‘The Star and The Black Hole’ By Marita Fadous, , Eliana and Katherine are two orphans who had it hard in life. Katherine is the optimistic and hopeful one while Eliana is pessimistic and overwhelmed with worry. What happens when Katherine gets mixed with the wrong crowd and ends up dead? How will Eliana cope and what will she do?July 4, 2021Vote
‘HER ROBOTIC FAMILY’ By Psyche L, , In the far future, there is the "ROBOT WORLD" with a robot family with their little human boy with a woman's heart.July 3, 2021Vote
‘Cherry Blossom’ By Roya Nyuka, , A young woman struggles to let go of her first love, but her story comes full circle when her perspective on love changes. This is a real story about situationships, modern relationship dynamics and moving forward after a breakup.July 3, 2021Vote
‘The Sandman’ By John Spencer, , Ralph Smith is one of a rare breed; a charming but ruthless sociopath who lives in a universe of sex, money and perpetual excitement (sharing some similarities with Donald Trump). Fast-paced events see this triad hitman zig-zag across the globe to exotic locales, interact with ladies of sin, corrupt police and the heaviest denizens of the underworld. Blonde Stella and Chinese Sandy add colour to the sandman’s electrifying ride. An unfolding blitz of sex and violence culminate in an unexpected twist.July 3, 2021Vote
‘The One’ By Power Of Wellness, , A story of how losing everything lead me on a journey to finding love.July 2, 2021Vote
‘The First Breath of the Earth’ By Dora Lionstone, , The First Breath of the Earth is a fictional story about the life cycle of Earth as a living being, whose symbiosis with its inhabitants is threatened to get out of balance, while hope for a restart remains. A poetic meditation on cosmic consciousness and the cyclic nature of life.July 2, 2021Vote
‘Ms. Paula’s Garden’ By Paula Perry, , Grab your gloves, garden boots, and a love of learning as you join Ms. Paula in her garden! However, you'll quickly find out that this garden is filled with more than just vegetables and fruits. Learn how to grow a garden while immersing in a beautiful garden setting. Reading along with Ms. Paula, your child will gain more than just a green thumb. The knowledge picked from this garden will also enhance your child's view of the world, as they learn about garden favorites from regions all across the globe. Bake like Ms. Paula, experience the delicious gluten-free recipes that are easy to follow and engaging. Using combinations of spices and seasonings that you will find at your nearby grocery stores. These savory dishes will become favorable amongst your family and friends for the seasons to come. So, enjoy Ms. Paula's Garden today and start to sow the seeds of learning.July 1, 2021Vote
‘My Aunt Is A Witch’ By Paula Perry, , Jonathan is disturbed by stories told to him by his mother about his aunt Karen being a witch, and he’s frightened to no end; he's convinced the stories are real. Real witches ride around on broomsticks. They wear black cloaks and hats. They are wicked, cunning, hateful women who disguise themselves as being friendly, ordinary ladies. Believing that his aunt might be a witch, his thoughts turn to fear the split second his mother drops him off at his aunt’s house for a night of Trick-Or-Treating. His unexpected hideaway in the kitchen will be a safe haven until he suspects she will cook him in a big black pot. And there, resting in the corner, is the witch's broom. The book concludes positively, with the moral of the story being not to lose the gift of imagination. Though intended for a child’s impressionable and curious mind, it may be of sentimental interest to adults and their imagination as well. Children and adults will enjoy this story. The book is ideal for younger children, as the secret recipe is not complicated. However, it focuses on a gluten-free healthier choice of lifestyle while spreading happiness.July 1, 2021Vote
‘Champ and Nessie’ By Sherry Frayne, , Deep in the heart of Pangea, a long, long time ago, two prehistoric creatures became best friends. Little did they know, that one day when they least expected it, they would be separated by a gigantic earthquake. After a great flood Champ sets out alone on a remarkable journey across the ocean to find Nessie. Like a map written in the stars, he follows a constellation shaped like a heart and arrow in the hope that he can find his best friend. Along the way Champ encounters many obstacles and makes new friends. Champ even meets up with a great white shark! What will Champ do!? This is the story of Champ and Nessie. Who show that with perseverance, love, and good friends anything is possible!July 1, 2021Vote
‘KiLLA’ By Briana Pass, , Introductory: Peep this my name is Nichole Jean White and I’m here to tell you a good story about how I changed from one page to another in my life. This heartbreak you’re about to witness broke me, but also taught me valuable lesson. Men can tear you down, spin you around and build you up. Learn to know that all men aren’t the same, but when God shows you the signs and reveals those red flags pay attention. Now turn the page and rock with me!July 1, 2021Vote
‘A Solar Odyssey’ By Sam Rizzo, , After surviving five billion years of extinction events, Conner is about to witness the end of the world: the Sun is finally about to explode and wipe out every living thing on the planet. Although he's given up finding a solution, he reminisces and shares stories of his attempts at saving humanity with a child that reminds him of someone from his past that he can't quite put his finger on.July 1, 2021Vote
‘Death Week’ By Sam Rizzo, , Death Week started five years ago. It is as it suggests: one week of death. Murder is completely legal during this time. It started as an attempt to thin the population, and continues because the event has become extremely popular. Rebecca was going to buy her way outside the city and avoid the event, but she couldn't leave Jake to fend for himself. He insisted on staying so he could avenge his sister who was killed in front of him during last year's Death Week. Can she survive the week with men and women mercilessly killing around every corner?July 1, 2021Vote
‘Mountain Pass Pines Asylum’ By Sam Rizzo, , Mountain Pass Pines Asylum operates under the guise of helping people with their mental health issues. However, Jane Blossom receives a letter from her boyfriend on the inside stating there is more going on - experiments using outdated lobotomies, electroshock therapy, and other procedures. Even though he admitted himself voluntarily, they won't let him leave. Jane formulates a plan to sneak inside and save her boyfriend from the evil of Mountain Pass Pines Asylum.July 1, 2021Vote
‘The Origin Experiment’ By Sam Rizzo, , Every year citizens are drafted into the Origin Experiment, never to be seen or heard from again. Reggie sat idly by watching while friends and family were taken away until the love of her life, Johnny, is drafted for pissing off the wrong person. Now it's personal. She will do anything to bring down the system and save Johnny.July 1, 2021Vote
‘Burying the Plague’ By Sam Rizzo, , The world has been ravaged by a plague released by the government in order to control its citizens through fear. One woman creates a vaccine that will release humanity. In an attempt to silence and stop her, the government has her husband killed and daughter kidnapped. Now, she has to find a way to distribute the vaccine or save her daughter.July 1, 2021Vote
‘Bright Lights’ By Mallory Green, , Revel Pierce is a talented young actress who is handed the opportunity of a lifetime, but she loses herself along the way. She must take a closer look at what truly is important, and that there's more to life than surface-level relationships, parties, and chasing after the limelight. Only then will she be able to accept herself, her flaws, and finally lean in to those closest to her.June 30, 2021Vote
‘The Unseen’ By The NicheBook, , {December 4, 2019. 8:00 pm} "I am saying it again", Savannah continued after swallowing her words hard into her throat, "Please reconsider your decision. Are you sure you want to go?" Riya turned her eyes from the mirror towards Savannah, took her phone out of her pocket, displayed a text wide open on the screen and brought the mobile close enough to Savannah's face so that she could read the messages. [Text messages] [A message received from unknown number at 1:20 am on December 1,2019] ["Riya,please help me. I am stuck here in the dark. I don't know how I ended up here.] [I woke up from sleep and found myself here] [The internet signals are very weak, but I managed to check the location and....] [And I think I am in THAT COTTAGE in the woods...] Savannah lifted her eyes after reading the messages and her mouth open wide in shock. "How do you know it's REALLY her?" "She's my best friend, has been missing for the last 4 days. I can not leave her for the world. Even IF there's a CHANCE that this is her, I am opting for it". Riya said in firm resolute. "Even if it risks your OWN life?" Savannah asked in agonical tone. "YES!" Riya answered without thinking even for a second. "You know Riya", Savannah continued while looking out of the window , " THE UNSEEN THINGS ARE THE STRONGEST, and you are going to step into them, yourself? You are going to the woods EVEN after knowing that what unseen inhabits itself there?" Riya shifted her gaze to the mirror looking straight into her own eyes. Intensifying her gaze into her own eyes, her eyes turned red as if holding a ton of tears behind her eyes. "Why don't u answer me now, huh!!!? " Savannah shouted. "I can not risk my best friend's life just because of the fear of risking my own", Riya continued as in complete hypnosis,"As far as the unseen forces are concerned, we'll see about that". Saying this, Riya left the room and stepped outside of the house leaving Savannah alone to her loud shouts of repeatedly calling Riya to come back. Episode 2. {December 4,2019. 8:06 pm} After Riya left, Savannah started strolling about in the room, drenched in a sea of thoughts. "Oh my God, Oh my God!" she kept murmuring words to herself. An idea suddenly struck her mind and she instinctively started pacing towards the door. "I should tell Riya's mom that what's Riya up to", she thought and hysterically left the house. {December 4,2019. 8:26 pm} After running for some good 20 minutes, panting, running short of breath continuously, exhaling and inhaling air; Savannah made it to Riya's mother house. -Ting Tong- The bell door rang. The wooden floor creaking could be heard from outside the door. Savannah could hear footsteps approaching the door. A gentle looking mid aged woman opened the door with a huge grin on her face. "Oh Savannah dear", Riya's mother uttered," Is everything alright?" Riya's mother lead Savannah into the living room. She herself sat on a sofa and Savannah on a chair. Riya used to live in a separate house, shared with her friend Savannah after she turned 18. And Riya's parent had a separate house of their own. So Savannah went to Riya's mother house to make her aware of what her daughter is up to, how she saw Riya's best friend's texts and that, Riya left for the woods alone, to rescue her bestfriend. "Her bestfriend?", Riya's mother seemed as in shock. "Aren't YOU her best friend?". "No, she keeps me telling of her childhood friend, now I can't quite recall her name, her name was quite weird....what was her name...eh......" "Gortwart", Riya's mother said in robotic voice and then she continued," Savannah dear, Riya never had any friend named Gortwart, it was her imaginary friend that just went beyond the boundaries". Silence dominated the room afterwards. Neither Savannah spoke, nor Riya's mother. ~Unseen things are the strongest and unspoke words speak the loudest and hence, they both were silent, spoke the loudest, with many words in their eyes. ~Episode 3~ {December 4,2019. 8:35pm} Silence. Silence. Silence. Savannah rolled her eyes and at last broke the silence with her words. "SERIOUSLY MAN!? , Imaginary?! I saw Gortwart's texts with my own eyes. And yeah! I've also met her once". "The thing is that I did not mean that Gortwart is imaginary. It's just how we describe HER, sorry, not her, IT. We call it imaginary, because it acquires the face Riya imagines in her mind. And I think that Riya imagines and sees IT as her best friend." Riya's mother completed her words with a sigh. "Then what does it want from Riya?" Savannah pushed her chair close to Riya's mother sofa, in curiosity. Riya's mother eyes flashed with a thousand of words. More like, a millions of memories. But she only said, "It just....umm", -cleared her throat- "wants Riya to go BACK into the cottage in the woods" "Go BACK? WHAT DO u mean by BACK? Has she gone there before as well?" Savannah's asked while her mind was thrashing with hundreds of questions. Riya's mother was suspiciously quiet. "That's it?! Aren't you her mother? LET HER DIE LIKE THIS? " Savannah shouted even when she didn't want to shout. Her hands were shaking and her eyes were straight focused into Riya's mother eyes seeking for answers. Riya's mother was still silent. "WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?! TELL ME!?", Savannah bursted out with words of rage and tears streaming out of her eyes. "My friend who is more like a sister to me, Riya, her life....", she stammered and gulped her bitter words inside her. The harsh truth was eating her all from inside but she did not let it out in the form of words. "I , I can't tell you...I...", -sighs- "Just DON'T LET HER GO into the woods. JUST DON'T. PLEASE save my child". Saying this, Riya's mother rushed to her room without even looking back. It seemed as if she were hiding her eyes. "Don't let her go ...", Savannah recalled her words. "OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! But Riya, already left! I gotta go, I gotta go RIGHT NOW!" And immediately she left the house. Riya's mother peeking through the doorknob of her room, saw Savannah left the house. "Ah I wish", she took a deep breath. "May my baby girl be safe". And a flashback took her back to two years back, to December 1,2017. ~EPISODE 4~ (December 1,2017 4:30pm) ~Into the flashbacks of Riya's mother. "Maybe I should apply some rich colour lipstick", Riya's mother thought to herself. Tucking her stray opened hairs beneath her ear she thought,"All this life I've lived for others, OH Dear!" she passed a smirk to her reflection in the mirror, then said,"AND now, it's time for ME to LIVE". {December 1, 4:47 pm} Riya's mother had been waiting for 5 minutes and was anxiously tapping the table with her fingertips. "Oh God, where the hell is he??", she gasped. A good looking man of her age appeared from the corner of her eye and hugged her from behind. "Oh darling", Riya's mother said with a smile,"where were you?" The man presented her a bouquet of roses and said,"Was buying this for you my dear, as soon you are going to take divorce from your husband and going to be my wife very soon". He presented her the bouquet and she accepted it with a red blush on her cheeks. "So,....I am going to do it tonight", the man whispered while bowing down a bit. The happiness of Riya's mother faded away. The man put a hand on her shoulder and squeezed it to give her comfort and said,"Look we HAVE TO get rid of Riya. You know, after we get married, how will she live? That RECKLESS man, you call her father, will that idiot take care of her who doesn't even know anything else in life, except sleeping". Riya's mother's expressions were still tensed. The man continued, "Look don't think that we are murdering her, we are just sacrificing her to the nature, umm, FOR the nature, for....", he hesitated and seeked for an escape of explanation and then continued," for her ....for her own good". Riya's mother blinked her eyes wearily and said in a low voice," Yeah, sacrificing her. You call this sacrificing? Calling the unknown forces in the woods to feed on her? That's...", she broke down her words with a tear rolling down her cheek. The man said," Look, my dear", he gripped her hands in his own and continued," Those UNKNOWN UNSEEN forces need to feed on a human soul EVERY 2 YEARS. And it's almost been 1.95 years since the last person got missing in the woods. If not Riya, then another innocent soul who has a beautiful life can be sacrificed, then why not Riya, who is going to rant and cry on her life from now on? She's saving a life. She will become a saviour! What's a greater honour for u to be the mother of the saviour". Riya's mother was a coward. She always had been a coward. She was the perfect defintion of STUPID, having absolutely NO OPINION of her own and blindly following what people ordered her. She DID NOT want her child to die. She absolutely was hating the idea. She never knew that how to step up for herself. She NEVER knew that how to resist the waves and how to stop moving with the flow. She could never differentiate between the good and the bad. She always just did what others said. She was told that it was THE BEST way to get rid of her daughter and also, was the best death for her daughter. AND, .and, .and, She acquiesced....' "How will you do it?" Riya's mother asked with apparently no feelings in her heart. "We'll lure her into the forest." He came an inch closer, lowered his voice even more and continued,"YOU have to bring her to the boundary line. I'll be waiting by the edge of the woods. All we have to do is to force her to take ONLY ONE STEP into the woods. Then the rest will be taken care of by the woods". ~By the woods~ ~By the woods~ ~By the woods~ The silent echoes were seeping into the whereabouts of the wind. Even the walls heard it. They knew that tonight, something BIG was going to happen. The winds knew something THE MAN didn't know. He DIDN'T know about the "SPIRIT POWER". [Episode 5] [26/07 10:58 pm] Kaash AF🔥: EPISODE 5. {December 1, 11:00 pm} Riya's mother was focused in driving the car with Riya in the front seat. They were constantly driving closer to the woods. "Is something wrong, mama?" Riya said while looking at the sweat lurking down from her mother's face. "Not___-clears throat- Nothin...Nothing dear. As I told u before, we are just going to have a late mother-daughter hangout time", Riya's mother tried to disguise her expressions. She wanted so bad,to turn the car back but now, it was too late. They were near the edge of the woods. {December 1, 11:15 pm} The man was constantly looking at his watch near the edge of the woods. He had two big rods in his hands. One made of steel and the other one of wood. He saw a car coming from a distance. The car stopped short and Riya and her mother stepped out of it. Riya was not understanding that what was going on. "Darling, look I completed my part, now are you happy?" Riya's mother said while looking at him with affection. "Not yet", the man answered with changed tone of voice. "Darling? Mother,What do u mean?!". Riya almost shouted. In a second, she understood that her mother was cheating on his father. "Shame on you mother!, I hate you. You wanted me to meet this man?? This is the worst hangout ever!!!" saying this, she started sobbing and running in the opposite direction. The man saw Riya running and tried to chased her but Riya's mother clenched his hand. "Darling, will you hurt my daughter with these rods? You didn't tell me that YOU WERE BRINGING RODS!", Riya's mother said while feeling deceived. The man replied, "You REALLY are an idiot. Aren't you? Do u REALLY think I would love like an idiot like YOU? Hah", he started laughing mockingly, then he continued," The UNKNOWN UNSEEN forces in the woods have a center brain of control". "I don't get what are u saying, I don't get the purpose of you telling me this", Riya's mother was confused. "My little sister twenty years before, on this VERY day, went to the woods. I don't know what happened after that, but her spirit is SOMEHOW now controlling the woods. She is the center brain of all the mysterious powers, these woods possess. Now it's your ....." he was still completing his sentence when Riya's mother interrupted. "How do YOU know this?" Riya's mother said in disbelief. The man rolled his eyes and unwillingly replied her, "She came to me herself. At first I thought it was her, but it was weird that NO ONE else except me, could see her. Everyone said that it was my imaginary friend.She told me that she needs souls to feed on", he stopped for a moment. /story paused/ [[[~~~

]]] /story continued/ Riya's mother heard his words and they struck her like a stone in the heart. "This is then not a NATURE SACRIFICE! You are presenting my daughter as a FOOD!" "I told u before too, didn't I?" The man said with plain expressions. "Yeah, but now I UNDERSTAND what it really means. Oh such an idiot I am. Please dear, don't let the woods take her away. Stop them from taking her soul. Please. Don't u love me?" Riya's mother said while crying and was still trusting that maniac. The man was not in mood of talking to the woman, who meant nothing to him. "I don't love u lady! You know what?! I am the one who has been feeding my sister with different souls since the past twenty years. Now, this time I am feeding her with two souls. One of you and one of your daughter". He took his rod out with the intention of hitting her head and throwing her into the woods. He didn't use to step inside the woods. He just used to throw unconscious people into the woods by himself standing at the edge of the woods. His rod was just about to hit Riya's mother head when Riya threw a big stone at the man's forehead from side. His rods fell from his hands and he grabbed his head with both of his hands, screaming in agony. She didn't hear their conversation, so didn't know that her mother was betraying her. She just saw her mother crying from a distance and nothing seemed right. Also, the rods in the man's hand were giving her the chills from her spine to down her feet. She doubted the worst that the man is going to use those rods on her mother. So, she decided to go back and save her mother. And, she was right. The man WAS using those ferocious rods on her mother. "Don't u DARE use those on my mother!" Riya shouted while raising another stone in her hand. Riya's mother could feel the fear in her veins that what, IF in the moment the man told Riya that those rods are NOT ONLY for her. What if he told her that her mother was involved in this. What if....... And another stone hit the man's head. He stumbled from the edge and started rolling down towards the boundary of the woods. Riya's mother immediately grabbed Riya's hand, led her into the car. Trembling, breathing fastly and panicking, she started the car. They both were inside the car, leaving the dreadful woods behind. Riya saw in the backmirror, various terrifying lights emerging from the boundary towards the inside of the woods. And then they heard, the MOST horrifying, horrendous, scary and ODD SCREAM ever.... (The main center brain of the woods had STARTED feeding on the man's soul. The woods could feed on any soul for two years. After two years, the evil strayer would come out again and lure another person into the woods) ^EPISODE 6^ {December 2,2017. 12:45 am} The car stopped short in front of Riya's house. "Mother", Riya said while looking directly into her mother's eyes. "Yes, it's true that you deceived my father. But, it is also true that you already had have enough punishment. You got deceived too. And, lost your love. Mother, I am young enough to understand how that feels. I am....", Riya was still speaking when she saw her mother's hands had started trembling. Riya had extreme compassion for her mother in her eyes. She squeezed her mother's hands, rose up from her front car seat towards the driver seat to her mother and kissed her on forehead. She then gripped her face from left and right side in both of her hands and said while looking in eye to eye. "My dear mother!, You don't have to be afraid. I won't tell father. I don't want to destroy things between you and him. Afterall, it's only 2 years left in, me being seperated from you and start living in my own apartment. I want this time span to spend the most with you. Mother, I love u. Believe me I do. I asmbeejjeej jennsii...........", {December 4, 2019. 10:30 pm} The memories started glitching. Riya's mother started to remember drizzy words. She couldn't really remember what Riya had said. She could feel as if the world was fading away in front of her own eyes. "Wuzzz...wuuu....whaaaa....what?", Riya's mother barely assembled words to speak. Riya's extremely mature and understanding response, still used to kill her from inside. She didn't deserve this. She had tried to kill such a beautiful flower. A flower, which she herself had blossomed. She couldn't tell Riya about what really was intended to happen in the woods. But she wanted to scream it in the loudest of her voice. But her voice, she felt as if she lost her voice, too. She felt as if in the center of a cotton candy machine and as if someone was continuously spinning her. All and all over again. Riya's mother heart was tired by immense beating. She had faced too much of THE HORRORS OF THE PAST MEMORIES. She wanted to cry, but maybe the storm of tears could not make way from her small pathway of eyes. Her face was dreadly pale. She felt as if she were dead, but somehow still breathing. She suddenly remembered that, her daughter had drifted off for the woods. And, she was doing THIS AGAIN, was being a coward. She looked around. Her whole room was messy and was stuffed with foul smell. But the smell, it was not from the room, it was from her heart....Her inside'... She stumbled to her feet and got up with the help of nearby furniture. "My daughter", she murmured. "I...I must go....", saying this she left the room in the form of the most wounded soldier of the battle, who still had his broken spirits up. {December 4,2019. 11:00 pm} "Riya! RIYAAA!", Savannah was shouting with all of her might as if she would shout her throat out. Savannah was running hysterically around the corner of the woods. She saw a shadow sitting by the edge of the woods, a few steps ahead of her. She ran towards the shadow and found it to be Riya. She rushed towards her and hugged her tight. She hugged her so hard with closed eyes and being emotional, that she forgot to say anything. She FINALLY had saved her from going down into the woods. "Savannah?" she heard Riya's voice. "Yeah Riya, I got ya. Let's go home now". She was still talking to her with closed eyes and was drenched deep down into the embrace. She had missed her best friend SO much. "No", Riya's voice uttered. "We'll go save my best friend from Hwenox, the center power of the woods". ~Hwenox, the center power~ Savannah memorized the name. Savannah was about to ask something when Riya's voice approached her ears from TWO STEPS away. "Savannah!" The voice seemed as if coming from ahead. Savannah opened her eyes and saw RIYA standing in front of her eyes! A thrilling cold wave of fear, merged every pore of her body into goosebumps. She felt shrilling chill of horror spreading from her back of the neck to her foot thumb. She slowly dragged her head from the embrace and saw the face. It was Riya, TOO. She immediately stood back and shouted,"Who are you! Who are you!, what's whaaa", she grabbed her head in disbelief. She couldn't believe her eyes. "Whos...WHOSE REAL!" Savannah stood as in center of a vacuum. The standing Riya saw the sitting Riya and shouted, "OH MY GOD! Savannah! You found my best friend!" Savannah could feel her head glitch but as soon as the glitch faded away, she understood that WHAT that thing was. The standing Riya approached Savannah, with her back to the sitting Riya, and took Savannah's hands in her own to thank her. Riya looked into the eyes of Savannah with deep affection. Riya's heart was melting with the warmth of gratitude, but Savannah stood cold and frozen like a statue. Her eyes were wide open. Riya saw Savannah moving her lips but Riya couldn't hear anything. Riya moved her ears close to Savannah's lips to clearly hear what she was saying, and she heard, "RUN. NOWW!" Riya couldn't understand. Savannah instantly started running alongwith hands of Riya in her own. Riya was running in Savannah's pace. Riya turned back to see her best friend who was smiling at them and was walking weirdly and slowly towards them. Riya screeched her feet against the ground to force Savannah to a stop. "I won't go! I have to save my best friend. She's in trouble !" Riya said. Savannah was looking at the creature approaching towards her, whose Riya LIKE face was NOW kind of disassembled and melting down revealing some other face, she couldn't even interpret as a "face". "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!" Savannah was unsure of how to make up that thing in her mind. She blurted out her words,"Look Riya, we don't REALLY have time for this. For now, what I tell you, that, she's EVERYTHING ELSE other then your best friend. But we NEED to go, RIGHT NOW!" Savannah started to run with Riya behind her. She ran , ran, ran, ran and ran; as far away as she could. She just wanted to save Riya from the woods. She didn't know anything at all, except that going into the woods was absolutely NOT a good idea. And, Hwenox was the name of the center power of the woods and that evil strayer can acquire the shape we desire it to..... her thought was yet incomplete when her mind struck with an idea. She stopped and want to present her idea to Riya. She turned towards Riya, to see...., . . . ABSOLUTELY NO ONE behind her, other than the deadly odd silence, of the woods on right and left of the road, where she was standing. ¤Episode 7¤ THE LAST EPISODE. {This episode contains information overload of the story. So read critically and slowly} [Disclaimer: This episode's content may be disturbing to some readers. Reader's discretion is advised.] {December 5,2019. 1:35 am} "OH MY G O D....!", Savannah said while her hands covered her mouth in absolute shock. She didn't even want to think... "No....NO...!" But thoughts make their way somehow. If resisted, they barge into the mind. ~The evil strayer had been successful in taking Riya towards the woods and GOD knows what~~~ She jerked her head hard, as if the jerk would make the thought go away. "I should go right away into the woods and find Riya...", she was unsure of her own words. Where THE HELL would she find Riya in SUCH dense woods. ^The cottage of the woods^ She heard it as if someone whispered them slightly into her ears. "RIGHT!". She started making her way towards the cottage. She stood on the edge of the woods. She has always heard that only one step into the woods was enough for the unseen forces to take over on you.She glanced down right where the woods were starting. She raised her right feet and slowly moved it towards the boundary line. ~JUST one step into the woods, and,GAME OVER~ The words were constantly echoing in her mind. She could feel her sweat trickle down from her whiskerlines. She was sweating cold sweat. ~Just~ She moved her leg a bit higher. ~One~ Her limbs were all over trembling with fear. ~Step~ She felt as if opening a gate to another dimension. ~Into~ ALL she wanted was to save her best friend's life. ~the~ She had stopped thinking consciously. ~woods~ She could feel her sweat trickle down from her whiskerlines. ~and~ Her leg was just an inch away from the ground. She felt heart dreading radiations emitting from the ground. ~GAME OVER~ She had finally stepped inside the woods. Just within an instant of seconds she could hear a shrill frequency sound arising from the pit of the woods where the cottage was. She started running towards the desolated cottage. She could hear the sound of the dried leaves crunching continuously beneath her running feet. The woods seemed spinning to her. No matter how much she ran, she somehow kept running around the same place. Maybe the woods didn't want her to reach the cottage. She had been running for 25 minutes. Sweating, panting and thirsty, she at last fell on the ground, exhausted. "Riyaa.....Riya -gulped her saliva- where....are you", she said in the most tired voice that she herself, had NEVER heard before. She had been shouting the same sentence while running and now, her throat was extremely dry, and, her legs..., she felt as if something was surrounding and confiscating the flesh of her legs. Her eyelids were heavy and had started to droop, when a voice from behind pushed her back into the consciousness. "Savannah! WHY DID YOU FOLLOWED ME! WHY!", Riya said while sobbing and dragging her back and forth from her shirt collar. "You were right. THAT thing was NOT my best friend. All this time, THAT thing had been controlling my mind time and again. As soon as I entered into the woods, she disappeared", Riya was crying she came closer to Savannah and continued," You were right. She was not...not...my bestfriend. She just controlled my thoughts-sobs-, You ARE my best friend! You ALWAYS have been my best friend. Oh dear!" Riya sat down and hugged Savannah tight. Savannah smiled wearily. She felt as if all the energy in her body had been drained by something beneath. Riya pulled back from the hug and stood up after feeling something coarse and moving on the ground. "You shouldn't have followed me.Look now what you've done!".Riya was saying while hands covering her mouth and stepping back, as if what she was seeing was unreal. A cluster of roots of ground branches approached Savannah's leg and with a force, they dug inside her limb. Savannah SCREAMED in immense pain and agony. Her leg was bleeding. Riya felt as if someone had attacked on her. She felt shrills of pain arising from her heart. She couldn't bear to see Savannah bearing this torment. She hysterically started to hit the branches with her feet, her hands, and tried to push them with every thing she could get. She also struck the branches, with a log of wood multiple times. She felt as if loosing her mind. Extensive power application and friction had injured her hands and feet badly and they were bleeding. Riya didn't want to give up. She shouted"Somebody please help!". But nobody was there to listen. Suddenly, she heard a familiar voice approaching. "OH NO NO NO!", Riya's mother rushed towards Savannah from the other side of the woods,"I was afraid I'll be too late and unfortunately, I AM. I have called the rescue services,help forces and ambulance and the whatever-help-force you call it. In other words, I called maximum help I could get. They'll be here any moment now". "We can't wait for THAT long.We don't have that much time", Riya said while her hand on her head with anxiousness and looking at Savannah's bleeding leg. Riya looked around and saw a big stone. It was immensely heavy. Riya picked it up with all of her might. Riya's mother opened her mouth so as to stop her but Riya had already thrown it at the branches. "You shouldn't have done this!" Riya's mother said with a sorrowful voice."The more you try to fight with these, the more furious and powerful they grow". After the stone had struck, more and more branches could be seen approaching with a pace faster than before. The branches roots were entrenched inside the lower limb of Savannah and were constantly applying more and more tension. Riya was bewildered at this spectacle. "It is useless to fight this huge power", Riya's mother said. "There must be a way please tell me. I can't see Savannah in this agony even a moment more. Please mother tell me, what is happening to her?" Riya asked while deviating her eyes from Savannah. Riya's mother answered with plain expressions, "The center power of the woods has started to feed on Savannah". "OH MY GOD ", Riya gasped. Savannah could feel some thing digging down and down into the flesh of her leg. She felt pain to such an extent that she couldn't even scream. She could just see vague figures of Riya and her mother standing nearby. Riya had her back towards Savannah now. She could not bear seeing it anymore. She just wanted to stop this all in ANY WAY. "Mother, what u mean by the center power is feeding? And WHY didn't it feed on me?!" Riya asked as if she wished that may the woods had fed on her instead of Savannah. Riya's mother looked distracted. She was continuously looking around as if afraid of not to tell the woods that they were there. Riya's mother had no time of any sort of foreword and directly said," Because your spirit power is the MOST high than anyone else in this town. That is why the evil strayer had been wanting u to enter the woods SINCE your childhood". Savannah was way too much in pain to hear any of the words. She was between consciousness and unconsciousness. And Riya couldn't understand what her mother had said. She kept looking into her mother's eyes so as to seek more information. She wanted to know as much as she could as the more she knew, the more chances were of her saving Savannah. Her mother continued, "Look Riya, the woods didn't feed on you because it needs a task WAY MORE GREATER than that to be accomplished by you", Riya's mother was speaking fast as if she had to tell A LOT in a very short time. She continued, "Savannah has low spirit power, that is why the woods can ONLY feed on her, nothing more than that. All those people going missing in the woods since the past 20 years,were having low spirit powers. That's why the center power fed on them", Riya's mother eye contact intensified. "The center power didn't want to feed on them, it just wanted the strongest spirit power person to come to the woods, that is YOU. And the woods failed everytime it tried to lure you inside and instead, some other person stepped into the woods. So in meanwhile, the center power had to feed on them as it has been very weak since the last twenty years. Because, it is controlled by a half spirit. That's why the woods want YOU, a full high power spirit to take hold of the center power". Riya couldn't waste time in showing shock. Already what she was facing was nothing less than a dream. "How did it all started?" Riya asked,"I mean this all center power thing?" "As far as I know,someone tried to do black magic stuff deep down alone in the woods, in the cottage for GOD KNOWS WHAT reasons. Maybe the spell was very strong. It all went wrong and the spell somehow casted out into the woods. All the good powers of the natural woods got messed up with the evil powers, the result of which was that the woods needed a center power to function furthermore. That person's spirit got trapped in the cottage and became the center power of the woods". Riya had heard too much to absorb. She started contemplating. Riya could remember many events when she was about to enter the woods but was saved somehow, like the last time, two years ago when.......Riya's eyes flashed. "Mother! Was it your lover last time, who tried to lure me in? And were....were you INVOLVED!?" Riya's mother froze. She didn't find any explanation other than the absolute truth. "Daughter, my mind was not in my control". Riya would have been furious if she herself hadn't faced this. Her mind was also controlled by the evil strayer at different times of her life. And the evil strayer's hold on her mind grew the strongest one day before, and that was when it had been successful in it's goal, i.e luring Riya into the woods. "I know what you're talking about and how that feels", Riya drooped her head a bit. Her eyes to the ground. Riya's mother continued," Riya ALL these years, you know I am not even ME most of the time". Riya looked up at her mother's face on these words. "My mind was not in my control. Unlike you, my mind was not dominated by some evil strayer or some other power. Instead, the power lives WITHIN me", Riya's mother said. She twitched her neck and closed her eyes as if fighting something within herself. Riya couldn't find words to ask so she kept listening. "You know how it feels when a single body bears the burden of two half souls? Every time wars inside yourself". "Half souls?" Riya asked in gradually defying tone. "My spirit level was half high when I came to the woods twenty years ago. The center power was controlled by another spirit or soul as we say. It was trapped inside. It wanted to get out so bad that it fed on half of my soul and let the rest of the half of my soul inside....inside the center power. THAT soul set itself free halfly, but still half of it is trapped." Riya's mother jerked her head in an abnormal way as having a very hard war inside herself.Then, she screamed in pain and then suddenly, absolutely silent. Riya's mother head rose towards Riya eyes looking fiercely into her eyes. "I AM HWENOX". This was not Riya's mother's voice. Riya's mother grabbed Riya's neck with an arm lock with Riya's neck between the opposite portion of her elbow. "Finally I'll be free. Let's go to the dark cottage without any further delay", Riya's mother said in the most unfamiliar voice that Riya had ever heard. Another scream of Riya's mother and her handlock let Riya free, her head towards the sky then she said," Riya your friend Savannah, she .... she's dying....Hwenox wants to feed on it and I am resisting...dear, do something otherwise, in front of your own eyes, you.....", Another LOUD shriek of pain. The woods seemed in pain too. The woods became DARKER than before. And Savannah....,Savannah's face was pale as if the last drop of blood had been sucked out of her veins. Her legs were pulled beyond, by the roots, and the roots were tearing her flesh apart. A forcefull jerk seperated the right leg of Savannah from her body. Savannah fainted and fell to the ground. She was still breathing. Riya closed her eyes and two big tears trickled down from towards her cheeks. She could feel the hair of her neck raised with goosebumps. "My mother is in great pain, Savannah is dying. These innocent people sacrifices for the woods feed, throughout all these years. Oh God, I have to do something". Saying this, Riya hurried towards the cottage. "RIYAAAA NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!", Riya's mother cried from inside while an evil smirk spreaded across her face. Riya reached the cottage. She entered inside and felt a huge pressure of unseen things on her. There was a big red circle in the center of the cottage. Black dense clouds surrounded the circle and emitted the most evil and scary vibes Riya had ever felt. The cottage was studded with foul smell as if someone had died there years ago. The smell had subsided but somehow was trapped inside the dark cottage. Riya took a deep breath and stepped towards the dense cloud. She could see two eyes. Maybe if she was not there to take the spirit's place, GOD KNOWS what that center power would be doing to her. But now, it was calm and was anxious to be free. ~Step inside the circle~ She heard as if someone said this in her ears. She closed her eyes. A flashback of her life right before her eyes. Her childhood giggles, laughs. Her mother's smile. Savannah's warm hugs. Her cheeky fights. All right before her eyes. Amidst all of these memories, she stepped inside the circle. She felt as if falling down, down down and down. She kept falling, until she reached the end. She landed softly. She could saw two figures in the pit. One of an unknown man and the other one was badly injured body of her mother. "I am here now to take control of this. This all stops now", Riya said while her head high. "You must be tired. Now, you can set yourself free". The man smiled and her mother badly injured, saw her daughter with a stream of tears in her eyes. They both rose slightly up and started fading away. Pinching light made Riya squint her eyes. She could feel a force evolving and entering inside of her. . . . . . . . . . . . . When she opened her eyes, she could see the same cottage room. She glanced around. Looking around, her eyes stuck below where the physical body of Riya laid dead. She saw herself for a moment. It was such an inexplicable spectacle. After too much of pretty much everything,Riya's tired physical body laid static on the floor. Riya's soul could not bear seeing that even for a second more and she turned her eyes away. She could feel the whole power of woods within herself. She could see all of the woods. "Savannah",she thought. She could see Savannah alive. The help forces ambulance etc. had arrived and were loading Savannah on a wheel chair. Unfortunately, Savannah had lost one of her leg, but was alive. Riya's mother body laid dead on the woods ground. At last, she was set free from all of the torture. Riya's soul took a deep breath and a stormy wind blew within the woods. She WAS the whole woods, the whole POWER herself. She was Now, "the center power of the woods".

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‘Song For You (A NicoMiu AU One-shot)’ By None, , Takes place after the events of 22/7 and the events of Idoly Pride, and an alternate universe of "Follow Your Heart(A NicoMiu Love Story)" Nicole Saito didn't really know why Miu Takigawa hates idols but when she did some research about her and a girl named Mana Nagase, she discovers something that changed her view about Miu...June 29, 2021Vote
‘Secretly in six years’ By kyubi3, , This story is about a homosexual that named Dav that have been in love to a man for six years. So when Dav felt a hope of being loved back, he then grabbed it and decided to confess. Is there a chance that Dave will be love back or not? Let's find out.June 28, 2021Vote
‘Poems’ By Eugenia Fain, , !5 poems about my childhoodJune 28, 2021Vote
‘A coda for the Tonight show…’ By Anthony Acri, , Life in a ruins that the real world is mirroring without the Roman affects..June 28, 2021Vote
‘Shrive Thru Air’ By John-Ross Elliott, , With darkness spreading, her betrothed looming, Vespa yearns for freedom like the wind. But will the stars guide, as earth abides, watching enemies collide. The shaman can only trust the spirits when they convince him to marry the chief's granddaughter to the ailing Fish tribe As opposed to the war he was planning. All call sense the darkness, but none know where to begin.June 28, 2021Vote
‘Tig & Lomster’ By Natascha Graham, , A children's story for the highly sensitive introverted children to let them know that they are absolutely perfect, just how they are.June 26, 2021Vote
‘December’ By Natascha Graham, , The fictionalised account of the first time Virginia Woolf met her soon to be lover, Vita Sackville-West.June 26, 2021Vote
‘A Terrible Thing Has Happened’ By Natascha Graham, , Inspired by the children who found the body of Virginia Woolf.June 26, 2021Vote
‘Life Recipes Versus Food Recipes’ By Author Mollie, , A life recipe versus a food recipe is putting a spoonful of love in everything you do for thirty-one days. Make an effort daily to do something for yourself, eat something nutritious, and try a few of my mental messages for the soul. Then pray. In my world, relationships relate to cooking. A recipe consists of ingredients. I say, put a spoonful of love in everything you do and bake all relationships with love at high temperatures always. Remember, keep perfecting your life recipe everyday.June 25, 2021Vote
‘It’s My Life. ~ Siri Yardhu ❤️’ By Siri Yardhu, , " Hate you Arjun, can't understand I hate you, I don't want see your face, just go away from me " she shouted. " No baby, you can't just say like that I won't leave you " he speak in husky voice " why?? " she whispered. " because you are mine baby " he said. which cause her body shivered. " Why didn't you say this to me? " he shouted. " because I'm scared " she whispered. he just stunted by this and starting her without blinking because he was left speechless. " It's My Life " is a life story about Sirinithi Srinivasan and Arjun Singh Rampal. What will happen when this two polar opposite characters meet at one point will they fall in love ?? or justJune 25, 2021Vote
‘Story Hunting ‘ By Siri Yardhu, , Supriya Tewari, Brahmin girl from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, India. she has a dream to be a writer mostly to be a independent girl because born and brought up among conservative joint family. Will she able to achieve her dream ? who will restrict her? who will support her? what will happen when she going fullfill dream? will fate play it's role?June 25, 2021Vote
‘A Day to Remember. ~ by Siri Yardhu’ By Siri Yardhu, , A day to remember , everyone has both a special day and worst day in their life, so here our heroine Aaranya or you can call her Aaru, the queen of ran away. Her speciality is running, no she is not a Athlete or a sports player, she run away from her problems, everything. Till now she running away, what happen when she couldn't runaway could she able to face it ?? Her dream is to get married but she couldn't stay committed, well it's weird right, weird is her mid name. what is actually her dream?? what happened in the dream? let's see the story of weird girl and her day that turned her life upside down.June 25, 2021Vote
‘Nile’s Fate’ By James Abendroth, , A powerful man of industry must call in a young woman to determine why his factory with its top of the line AI has abruptly stopped working. He learns far more than he bargained for when he finds himself up against the unyielding laws of robotics.June 25, 2021Vote
‘god yells checkmate’ By Donna Louise O’ferrall, , How the mind plays tricks on you if you let it. When it's best to ignore the illusions and fairytales of others perceptions in a mad worldJune 25, 2021Vote
‘Walls’ By Heinrick Brocher, , Walls Heinrick Brocher There were woods, trees, runnings of waters in the wildes for sumptuous refuge and amicable companionship early on in his life. He would suffer his mind and feet to wander as liberally as they would in those days of abject rebellion. They were his home and classroom more significantly than any other he was to encounter in his formative years. Everything is breathing in this finite life and the bronchial tubes of the world are made of wood. The winds blow and the leaves of the trees clap their hands, but we may just as well be oblivious to the whole procress. Water seeks its own level and therefore there is sound, but it may escape our noticing somewhat or altogether, for all we're going to know. The grasses grow according to their silent coding, but we do not perceive the progress of it. These are the textures of what is, among the process of life and you'll find mud to be more tangible than dust when it comes right down to doing the laundry. The movie theater charged a nominal fee for posing a flat-out rebellion he was busy for, a place to camp out in. Campus life was wearing on me enougb to be on the carpet for my sanity, which escaped me, until it was all over. I ignored every danger sign, up to and including the Sheriff asking me to get dressed to take a little ride with him. You might say I was busy smelling the roses while Rome burned. No, I wasn't going to jail, although I'd been doing plenty of misbehaving to get me there, I suppose. I was taken to a sort of hospital, where they handle cases of not being aware of the context of life, the way it requires things of us. I wasn't aware there was such a place. There was a squawk box and a people storm and I opted out the door, first chance I got. There were things I learned about in thrashing about aimlessly, but was caught soon enough and rudely introduced to sensory deprivation. Fighting exhaustively, I got a needle in my butt all the same. Left to my own devices, I writhed in contemplation of my own juices, until eventually learning about what the fabric of things is. Things have this quality we call life, which man has learned to destroy. There are things which have existence, but not life and man has ways of impacting those the way he impacts life. Doesn't he cherish anything? The molecules of existence are more stable than life, because they orbit on a lower frequency than life. If a man spends time with existences, he's well advised to slow himself down. It's an observation, but I'm able to coexist with walls.June 24, 2021Vote
‘The Proposal and the Sign’ By Felix Alexander, , Feeling as though Amelia no longer was in love with Josue, she reminisces on the night she rejected his proposal for marriage, and the sign she received from God.June 24, 2021Vote
‘Elliott’s Dream’ By Charbarie, , A young man named Elliott fell asleep at work and he was fired - in a nice way.June 24, 2021Vote
‘The Disappearance of Mr Ashforth’ By Charbarie, , The short story is about a living soul captured in a toy by a strange curse. A young girl helped it to escape the curse.June 24, 2021Vote
‘The Death of a Fox’ By Amelia Greys, , Tarynn is alone. Her best friend has recently died and Tarynn is spending a few days alone at her family's cabin. She's been in a state of shock ever since it happened, ignoring the building pain. But maybe a freak act of nature--the death of a fox--can give her the chance to heal.June 24, 2021Vote
‘The Coffeemaker’ By Randi Neville, , Dear Editors, Hello! I’m Randi Neville, a writer from Houston, Texas. I’d love to make a submission of 1 poem titled "The Coffeemaker." It is an allegorical piece featured around a woman, a coffeemaker, and her two roommates. What it is an allegory for is intentionally up for interpretation, but my intent is about my personal experience with abortion and the trauma associated with it. My third-person biography is below: Randi Neville is a queer writer, originally from Conroe, Texas. She has two Associate's Degrees from Lone Star College. She is the CEO and Principle of her own digital marketing agency, ThatGirlRandi. Her current interests involve watching pro-wrestling, playing Animal Crossing, and being the world's best aunt. She currently resides in Houston, Texas. For more information follow her on Instagram @randitheauthor. Please note that this is a simultaneous submission. If accepted elsewhere, I will notify you immediately. Thank you in advance for your consideration, Randi Neville, she/herJune 24, 2021Vote
‘Gone To The Dogs’ By Rich Courage, , A 60 year old man who was homeless in Manhattan is one of the last human beings left on Earth. With a pack of rescued dogs by his side, he finally feels he's found real, healthy, loving relationships. Actually, he has a pretty good time.June 24, 2021Vote
‘Moving on’ By Jennifer Reynolds, , Losing someone is one of the hardest things a person can ever go through. Everyone is different, and we all have different coping methods. Crying, screaming, cursing the world. Running away to yours and their favorite place. Each journey is different, and everyone who goes through them learns something. This is one of those stories.June 23, 2021Vote
‘Daddy Day’ By Billy Vera, , Daddy picks up his young daughter from his ex-wife's home. The two spend a lovely afternoon watching a circus parade together. Dad entertains hopeful thoughts of a reconciliation with Mom.June 23, 2021Vote
‘The Family’ By Chana Kohanchi, , A lyrical take on a scary event in my life. This story shows what happened from one perspective and how one event could have an effect on a life.June 23, 2021Vote
‘Forever and Always’ By Chana Kohanchi, , This essay shows how earphones helped me deal with my father’s diagnoses of Cancer, what happens when I lose the earphones, and how I try to remember him through music after his death.June 23, 2021Vote
‘Pictures on the Wall’ By Chana Kohanchi, , After an accident that leaves Emily and John without their son, they both find a way to greave. The two struggle, putting a strain on their relationship, before coming together to share the memory of their son and hoping the future brings better news.June 23, 2021Vote
‘Speed Dating During the Covid’ By JENNY TAVERAS, , Coming out of a tough relationship during the Covid Pandemic of 2020 was one of the most therapeutic experiences in my life. I learned so much about healing without having to use sex to release any of my old toxic energy onto someone new. I believe that I overcame so many things in my life because I am suppose to somehow help someone else. My motto is "if I can help just one person in the world than my existence & pain were not in vain.June 23, 2021Vote
‘The Cheaters’ By Chana Kohanchi, , Hannah and Rachel sit in the car watching a man and women they deem “the cheaters” get together every week. They watch and theorize the relationship between these two people. One day, something changes and Hannah and Rachel are left to wonder not only what could have happened between the couple, but if the woman is in trouble.June 23, 2021Vote
‘Animal’ By Chana Kohanchi, , Family - Love - Sex - Relationships - Desire The story of how a serial killer comes to be, the desire that overtakes him, and the seemingly double life he lives. Does he ever get caught?June 23, 2021Vote
‘Once Upon a Pink Balloon’ By Laura M. Harper, , A child finds that she must grow up quickly in order to protect someone she loves from the horror of opioid addiction and the clutches of an abusive relationship, all the while trying to figure out exactly where her place and purpose in this world truly lies. This story offers a raw, emotional account of what happens behind closed doors when addiction takes its toll on not just the addict, but those who love them most in this world as well.June 23, 2021Vote
‘Coming Back Strong’ By Keith Guernsey, , Coming back from brain surgeryJune 23, 2021Vote
‘Three Blonde Wigs’ By Candace Webb Henderson, , How three blonde wigs brought twin sisters closer and developed a deep, lasting friendship remains to be part of our family. There are those friends that are indeed one of life’s great joys. There are three main characters, Candy, Connie (twins), and Lisa (best friends). The story begins in a small midwestern town, Danville, IL, on a warm spring day. During this time they spend together, their characters are tested as their parents leave them home alone while being watched by a beloved neighbor (Karen) from her house. The girls are just fourteen; find out what happens when they are left alone in their home with their fearless Dobermans and their neighbor watching them from afar.June 22, 2021Vote
‘Lara’ By Safina, , Lara was different, she was like the two sides of a coin, at home she was an angel but in school she was a devil, she was like the wind that can keep you chilly or the wind that can destroy you.June 22, 2021Vote
‘Alice’ By Safi, , Pain is all she felt , not physical pain but mental and emotional pains, pains that led to sleepless nights, nightmares. What was her mistake?, Trusting people or being nice, a mistake she made that lead to destruction of her life.June 22, 2021Vote
‘The Arrangement’ By Stephanie Sims, , A vampire hunter makes a dangerous deal with a predator.June 21, 2021Vote
‘Return of the Guardians’ By r.e.joyce, , The world once again needs them, and the dragons heed the call. GarBreth starts the calling not realizing what his action will cause but knowing the good earth once again needs the ElementalsJune 21, 2021Vote
‘Masked Ball’ By Jay Amari, , Jake and his friends at Inwood Park Tennis Courts strive to survive the pandemic as everyone seems to be seeking ways to connect in the blur of days sheltering away from others.June 21, 2021Vote
‘IT HAS HAPPENED TO EVERY FOX TO BITE ITS TAIL AT LEAST ONCE.’ By Anja, , The story is about one fox and her broken heart, and her wood friends who are supportive in her hard days. This is one healing, optimistic story which shows that friends can help no matter how hard the situation is.June 20, 2021Vote
‘A Turn To Ashes’ By Arjun Ashryver Galathynius, , In his quest to snare the coveted Imperial State Crown housed in the Tower of London, England, William Schaffhausen gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving a network of terrorists known as the Revolutionaries. Their mysterious leader seems to have a vested interest in Wilhelm—and will do anything to get the young criminal to join his side, even if it means revealing a deadly secret about Wilhelm's past.June 20, 2021Vote
‘Sweet Rot’ By Benjamin Headlee, , In the distant future, a desperate search for treasure on a derelict space cruiser goes awry for Professor Kali and her crew. Will the addition of unlikely allies be enough to save them from the unseen menace lurking in the shadows?June 19, 2021Vote
‘The Book’ By Larry Holmes, , A boy in a post apocalyptic world searches for a book the bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.June 18, 2021Vote
‘Hiraeth (I long to return home to you)’ By Rennaya Writes, , Veronica has a steady routine, every Thursday she would head to her therapists office like clockwork. For as long as shoe could remember that was what she did, the idea of time was a foreign concept to her, nothing seemed strange or ordinary until she started having those dreams, dreams that felt to real to simply be ignored, dreams that stirred up feelings familiar within her, like a memory locked away. She felt lost, and she felt an overwhelming longing to return somewhere, to return to the face from her dreams. She seeks the help of her therapist Dr. Leanne to help her make sense of things. But the truth she discovers shakes her to her very core. Her dreams were not just dreams and her current reality was a dream, a dream created by her therapist who happened to be a mythical being to keep her safe, to help her return home.June 18, 2021Vote
‘Still Waves’ By Laurel Quinn, , With the impending move to the New World quickly approaching, young Prudence is forced to face her fear of the unknown as she becomes one of the many passengers of the Mayflower in 1620. As violent storms that batter the ship and alter the course, Prudence learns to rely on faith in the face of fear.June 18, 2021Vote
‘The charismatic stars’ By Hudaif, , This story is about an ill-lucked boy named Wasad who after facing twists & turns of life begins to develop severe emotional issues with his parents.He no more cares for them,but sees them as his enemies. How could those who sacrificed everything for Wasad's happiness become a hurdle in his progress!When life knocks him totally down,then only does he realize his mistakes & feels burdened by his own guilt.Not wasting any more time,he apologizes to his parents who readily forgive him ,thus relieving his heavy heart.He then assures to take their good care .He eventually revives the beautiful bond bond between him & his family & leads a joyous & peaceful life with them again.June 18, 2021Vote
‘Summoning Space Travelers’ By Angela Acosta, , How will humans cope with life among the stars? What binds past and future generations of voyagers together as humans? The poems in the “Summoning Space Travelers” collection reflect on how humans will manage the anxieties and victories of manned spaceflight in the near and distant future. They include lessons learned from the twenty-first century to motivate and inspire future generations of space travelers.June 17, 2021Vote
‘the dark path of memory’ By NANDO PAUL, , What is it that we keep hidden inside us, where do we hide the secrets that bother us the most? What do we keep in the dark from the view of others, hoping it will never be revealed, even though we know someone else may know about it? What is it we hide in the dark path of memory, that we hope will never be revealed?June 17, 2021Vote
‘DIMENSIONAL STAR’ By NANDO PAUL, , IS THERE REALLY ONLY ONE RELITY, WHICH WE CAN PERCEIVE? OR IN PARALLEL TO WHAT YOU ARE LIVING, IS ANOTHER YOU DOING THE TOTALLY OPPOSITE TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING AT THIS MOMENT? HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE DIED IN THE DIFFERENT REALITIES OF THE UNIVERSE. IS THIS OUR ONLY EXISTENCE? THERE IS A REAL REASON FOR WE'RE HERE, OR WE ARE JUST PART OF A GEAR FOR A GREATER PURPOSE. THESE ARE ALL THE QUESTIONS ELIAN USED TO ASK HIMSELF ALL THE TIME, UNTIL THE ANSWERS BEGAN TO FIND HIM.June 17, 2021Vote
‘The secret of a successful relationship’ By Marvelous nzube, , For love to be perfect, The both partner must:- Love each other truly Never compare each other to another Tolerate each other Forgive each other And have sex with each otherJune 17, 2021Vote
‘Beygja’ By Scott Reed, , Nameless lords fight over ancient lands, imagined insults, or the glory of the raid. Rað only ever wanted his life to continue as it had, but that time is over. An army has amassed outside his village, and now Rað has been called to fight. Hope lies upon the Savior, a mail-clad warrior who has come to lead Rað's people to victory. Here, in this unknown place at this unknown battle, Rað's Affliction began.June 16, 2021Vote
‘A Very Beautiful Rainbow ‘ By Marcus Mulenga, , Kindness has the power to brighten up the world! This is a valuable lesson that a very beautiful rainbow named Roy learns as he shares his colors with everyone around him, with some surprising results! Readers of all ages will enjoy following Roy on this colorful adventure as his new friends help him learn about the importance of giving to others.June 16, 2021Vote
‘Alex and the Magical Coat: Standing Up For Others’ By Julia Reid, , Alex has a secret.For generations, his family has possessed a magical flying coat, which only works if he used to help others. Join Alex on his second adventure as he encounters a blind boy, Mason, from school and three bullies. Alex must decide between flying away and not getting involved or helping Mason and risk getting teased himself. Alex knows what he should do, but knowing and doing are two very different things. Well Alex stand up to the bullies and help his friend?June 16, 2021Vote
‘Flawful Loyalty’ By Sahana.J, , Chaos began when the queen of witches came with the dragon clan to vanquish the humans from their land. The  humans were perplexed, unaware of the mistake committed by their kind and too arrogant to bother. However, Emma stood right by the side of her people, defending them, believing that those people lovee her and will stay by her side no matter what. That was the biggest delusion of her life.June 16, 2021Vote
‘The Arrival’ By Evalorreen, , A new life beginning, a souls return.June 16, 2021Vote
‘Verenice – The Snowflake’ By K. Emerson, , Jonathan, a lonely teenager in an arid two-story town, does nothing but complain about how boring the holidays are. It never snows in his town during winter time. However, the universe surprises him beyond his wildest dreams. One Christmas Eve, Jonathan's little house gets miraculously blanketed by a thick layer of the frozen dust. Desperately wanting to keep snow forever, he decides to put a single snowflake in a container. The teen ignores that the apparently insignificant decision will change his life forever, and send him down a path of a magical friendship, self-discovery, and enthralling mysticism.June 15, 2021Vote
‘Constructed’ By Mica L. Rich, , A poem about the struggles of untangling oneself from childhood trauma and striving to find a personal identity among the harsh remnants of who one becomes in order to survive.June 15, 2021Vote
‘From Behind the Wheel of a ’92 Mercury’ By Mica L. Rich, , A pair of teenage boys, caught in a freak thunderstorm, come upon an old, abandoned car in the woods. The machine gives off a strange aura but there is nowhere else to hide from the rain. They get in. They do not get out.June 15, 2021Vote
‘A Hot Slow Sticky Day in Summer ‘ By TheWomynWhoWrites, , A short story depicting a young man's thoughts and perspectives in regards to his friend's new job interview on a hot summer's day.June 15, 2021Vote
‘A Product of Good Intentions and Good Tequila’ By Mica L. Rich, , A story of shenanigans, shared secrets, and sock puppets, but mostly of family, and of memories that will never die. *all names and some details have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals in this story.June 15, 2021Vote
‘The Willow in the Woods’ By Mica L. Rich, , A young farm girl in the 1600s ignores her mother's warnings about dangerous forests and cursed exchanges, and ventures into the woods beyond the farm, seeking something more than the monotonous life she sees before her.June 15, 2021Vote
‘At First Snowfall’ By Cecilia Corona, , May all your dreams come true, takes on a whole new meaning when Xiomara finds out she's an Oracle with Fae witch powers, and her boyfriend is a werewolf from another realm. When her half-brother shows up on her doorstep with his prophecy, the true nightmare begins. She must stand beside him in the battle of Galant or the evil Queen will destroy the kingdom.June 15, 2021Vote
‘Bity Nightmare Byte’ By GMC Drawings by Brendon, , Bity's Young love dies. He forgets all, becoming a Nightmare.June 15, 2021Vote
‘Poems from the Pandemic, “The only way up is down”‘ By Katie Kirwan, , Poems from the Pandemic. There are more 🙂June 15, 2021Vote
‘How was your day?’ By Pranjal Joshi, , A father narrating the silly yet simple and sweet story of his childhood love to his son, drawing comparisons between the polar opposite generational difference that has been originated because of technological boom in recent 2-3 decades.June 15, 2021Vote
‘Margot & Bunny and the business of fast fashion ‘ By Rebecca Clements, , Margot & Bunny and the business of fast fashion focuses on an important and relevant topic in today's environment and how our future leaders can help shape the world into a better place. A fun, upbeat tale of one very determined reporter and her fabulous friend, who teaches her an important life lesson about how to be sustainably fabulous!June 15, 2021Vote
‘The Battlefield’ By Mystical mystique, , Two brothers - Arthur and Alan have always fought life's battles together but not this time. Arthur is stuck with a life-and-death battle inside a submarine while Alan is struggling with a life threatening disorder in a hospital. Will both the brothers emerge victorious or will they succumb to their helplessness situation ?!June 14, 2021Vote
‘Be Home Soon’ By Alex Teplish, , After attending a tech conference abroad and boarding my flight home, I find myself 20 years in the future with all its technological advancements.June 14, 2021Vote
‘THE BOOK 1’ By O.H., , DELIGHT YOUR EYES WITH MY FANTASY ABSTRACT SHORT STORY!!!!!!June 13, 2021Vote
‘Pink with Sprinkles’ By Cordelia Byllesby, , Whenever she sees a donut, the memories come back to her.June 13, 2021Vote
‘The Cast’ By Douglas Rodoski, , An Army veteran seeks to avenge the death of his son from drug addiction.June 11, 2021Vote
‘Population Control’ By Scott Blanke, , Please consider for publication this 1200 word short story, "Population Control'. In the overcrowded world of Xizzon 42, the population computer determines if you are allowed to have children. How far are you willing to go, to pay the expected price?June 11, 2021Vote
‘How Could You?’ By Shanika Douglas, , How Could you is a poem about black Americans. It ask the question of how could they allow cruel and inhuman things to happen to them. This poem should make you think about your actions and the actions of your ancestors and ask the question why. It should inspire black Americans to "come up with a plan."June 9, 2021Vote
‘Not All Love Can’ By Amanda Loper, , "Not All Love Can" is a poignant and wistful reflection of a relationship that did not last, but which served its exact purpose in the author's life. It delves into the role people play in any love, and the favors we do for each other as we move on.June 9, 2021Vote
‘Tooly Land ‘ By Ivanna Kusijanovic, , Fantasy, outer space/ other dimension travel. Book Description and Outstanding Features This is a story for upper elementary school children (ages 9 to 11). It is an imaginative adventure, perhaps a bit of absurdist fiction, adapted to this age group. My intention with this book is to entertain my students and spark their imagination. I would love for them to see how imagination can be such a wonderful and limitless thing. The distinguishing features are the vivid descriptions of the landscape in a different planet or world, as well as the intelligence of the child who gets lost in this strange place. Outline This is a short story for children, so there are no chapters. There are parts to the story, of course. The protagonist travels outside the planet in her own home and after a series of adventures and using her intelligence, manages to get back home and later she is unsure about how it is that this trip happens and if it was even real. I’d like to have pictures in this story but I would need to have a book designer read through it and draw accordingly. I am sending in the full story, but editing is still pending.June 9, 2021Vote
‘The house of Dark’ By Scarlet T., , Crystal Dark, a 17 year old girl who’s suffered a dark past...her life flips upside down when she stumbles upon her family’s history and discovers that magic runs threw her blood. Intrigued and shocked she digs deeper but soon realises she’s made a big mistake. Follow Crystal, her brothers and friends in an shocking adventure as she tries to understand more about her past.June 9, 2021Vote
‘Killer Butterflies’ By Katie Arminie, , A depressed young woman is driving to a bachelorette party when a large swarm of butterflies cause her to get into a life threatening car accident.June 9, 2021Vote
‘Paid for Rent || Jeon Jungkook FF’ By Xz, , One day you wake up to 30 dollars and a note that reads, "For rent" the odd thing is that you aren't renting out the place. The following day you spot a spider on the wall, and right as you're about to kill it you hear it say, "Please don't kill me! I paid for rent!" looks like you finally have an awesome companion other than your boyfriend Jungkook.June 9, 2021Vote
‘Opposing Commonalities ‘ By Catherine McNulty, , Metaphors not only make the familiar similar, but also create oppositions within their comparisons. Just as decorative lace and fishing nets are similar in the material they are made from and the form they take, the means they pursue and are at opposite ends. One’s delicate lines are used to decorate our lives while the latter is used often to sustain or end life. This dichotomy is what inspired me to write palindrome poems. The poems I have submitted are part of a small collection of poems I have already published. Each poem can be read from top to bottom and bottom to top. Each poem uses the same words to express a different or opposing idea. The poems I have chosen to submit were published with some lined pages to inspire the reader to take time a reflect on their own lives or possibly write their own palindrome poem. The poems I have chosen to submit were inspired by my passions, observations of certain cultural aspects, and the works of other poets such as Maya Angelou and Carl Sandburg. Specifically the poems “Singing Always” and “Enough Now” were inspired by “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “Who am I?” respectively.June 8, 2021Vote
‘The Basement’ By Robert Agnello, , When he was modifying his basement he never knew it would save his life. Unfortunately it couldn't help save his wife and son. The pandemic came quickly and now it's just him and his shotgun.June 8, 2021Vote
‘Alfie’s Adventures – Hyacinth Macaw’ By Hayley Jane Smith, , I have written and fully illustrated a children's picture book called ‘Alfie’s Adventures’ which educates children about the plight of parrots in the wild in a fun and engaging way. The book aims to educate children about how man-made environmental destruction is threatening the species of fauna and flora on this planet, and how this can be addressed through ecological conservation. This is an issue I strongly care about and want to communicate with the world. There is potential to make this into a series of books, with stories about other species of endangered wildlife, I have already started one on wild African grey parrots. The premise of the storybook is: 'Alfie the African grey parrot loves educating children about the plight of animals in the wild in a fun and engaging way. Alfie's first adventure to Brazil sees Azul, the naughty hyacinth macaw, experiencing the effects of people's destruction to his rainforest home. Can Alfie save the day or is it up to us?' Please feel free to take a look at my website which includes a portfolio of my other artwork https://www.hjillustration.co.uk/June 8, 2021Vote
‘Silent No More: An Intimate Portrait of How Trauma Affects Us All’ By Iram Gilani, , Whether you are a trauma survivor of any kind or a loved one of a survivor, this book is for you. In Silent No More, Gilani carries her readers through an honest exploration of suffering and survival as it affects us all. By drawing upon her personal experiences, she shines a light on the tumultuous landscape of trauma as a whole. The societal forces shaping human behavior across time and cultures. The powerful ways in which we all influence one another, through our worst mistakes and our warmest compassion. How trauma touches our minds and hearts, rendering us as vulnerable to pain and suffering as we are to shared strength and joy.June 8, 2021Vote
‘Veering Waves’ By Lauryn Dyan, , Can three simple words and one kind gesture inextricably alter the course of two young lives? For Dalia, everything changed one sunny day when a sweet surfer boy's simple offer to give up his turn at a wave turned into so much more, veering both their lives off course--one toward a bright future, the other toward something much bleaker. Yet, motivation and determination can come from tragedy, and the legacy Dalia builds from these events will forever honor them both,June 6, 2021Vote
‘Reminiscent of the Past’ By Shruti A Chhabra, , Born with a silver spoon. Akshar has his entire life chalked out in front of him. A good job, loyal friend, lovely family, and a longtime steady girlfriend. What else one would need in life. His life comes to a screeching halt when her fiancee tells him that she is expecting and the child is not his. Akshar's rosy world comes shattering down in front of his eyes in a span of a few minutes. What will Akshar do? Will he take revenge for this treachery, or will he let it pass? This a saga of a boy who is shattered to the core. How he builds his life again after such a big jolt is what the story is all about. The story is full of twists and emotions.June 5, 2021Vote
‘On Holy Ground’ By R.A. Buratovich, , A man commits a foul deed on the grounds of a cathedral in order to save the soul of someone he loves.June 4, 2021Vote
‘Poland, 1942’ By R.A. Buratovich, , A young Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Poland befriends the son of a foreign diplomat.June 4, 2021Vote
‘The Collector’ By Haley Forté, , Every October the Carnival arrives in Rosalind's small farming town to entice the residents. An urban legend follows in its tracks, a story about a menacing man who dwells within a tent and takes what he wants. When Roz and her two best friends, Olivia and Mason, enter the fabled big top, Roz finds out that perhaps the tale of The Collector may not be as fictional as they first thought.June 3, 2021Vote
‘Dzimba dzemazeno (house of zeno)’ By Mashkai, , A fictional history remake of the first chimurenga in Zimbabwean historyJune 2, 2021Vote
‘Spy and Villain’ By Joy M. Lilley, , A physically handicapped lady, thinks she sees dastardly goings on in the house opposite to where she lives. She is convinced that the woman opposite is being abused. A Christian theme runs through this story of a spy, the lady in the wheelchair who spends much of her time looking at others through her window. The story takes a dramatic turn when she is proved to be right. And becomes a friend of the abused woman.June 2, 2021Vote
‘A Sullivan Survives’ By Jo Underwood, , The story of my Grandfather's life, told by me through his eyes.June 1, 2021Vote
‘Crossroad: The number 49’ By Christina Atmatzidou, , Noel-Giorgio Brown, never had a choice. Having a violent father, a mother victim of his outbursts as well as a depressed sister, he succumbs to multiple personality disorder, dragging innocent souls into his path. He, and the voices which live in his head, holding the hostage at home on Crossroad Street, number forty-nine.June 1, 2021Vote
‘The Park Bench’ By Jennifer Wedmore, , A flower vendor watches a couple from afar. She sees their relationship change and reflects on how it makes her feel.June 1, 2021Vote
‘Light Blue Like the Sky’ By Victoria R., , A personal meditation on relationships, religion, growing up, and familial expectations in the south as a young woman of Italian-American heritage.June 1, 2021Vote
‘Rebecca’s Dresses’ By Annie Earnshaw, , This charming short story about memory, family, and love follows Amy Fischer, whose curiosity about her late mother Rebecca leads her to a family reunion. As Amy immerses herself into the quirky and welcoming family culture, she faces the ultimate questions: who are we without our parents, and how do we keep loving them after they're gone?June 1, 2021Vote
‘Three Words’ By Erin W, , All it takes is one nightJune 1, 2021Vote
‘Rebel by Nature (and Probably Nurture): A Story of a Mental Health Therapist’ By Terri Parke, , Here's a story of some of my early interactions as the 2nd born of 3 children, and some of the effects I have noticed to my career as a mental health therapist who moved in 2019 to Texas from Noblesville, Indiana. Read on to learn more about me and my experiences growing up in a small town, where there was a tragic death just as we moved to Tipton from Noblesville, when I was 5 years old.June 1, 2021Vote
‘”3228″‘ By djonesboy, , About following my wife in an inter-racial relationship from Illinois to Oklahoma and getting dissed by her White side of the family and by the Healthcare Industry and Workforce.May 31, 2021Vote
‘Rising’ By Jennifer Kurdyla, , A story of my relationship with sourdough bread as a metaphor for personal healing.May 31, 2021Vote
‘Thy Name is Woman’ By Ayesha, , I am a Masters student of English Literature and correctly I am taking a course on 14th and 15th Century Poetry. I was inspired by the course to write this.May 31, 2021Vote
‘Legacy House’ By R. J. Spruce, , Want out? Want to end it all? Feel like you have no other choice? Here at LEGACY HOUSE, we understand. Wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t die in vain? Your choice, your body, your Legacy. You decide how you want to be released.May 30, 2021Vote
‘Being Different’ By Berrynilla, , This tells the story of a young student who worked at an organization for a learning experience. At the end of her stay, she realized that she was being watched and it was safe to say that she was different after all.May 30, 2021Vote
‘The Lost Heir’ By Berrynilla, , A baby Prince was stolen from the palace and left to die in the thick forest by his jealous uncle, whose main focus was on the throne. Some years passed, and the uncle almost succeeded in his plot to usurp the throne unrightfully before the gods intervened.May 30, 2021Vote
‘My Friend Tim’ By Richard Hulse, , Tim was a precocious teenager. A UCLA grad. An officer in the United States Navy. After a stint trying to be a salesman and father, he fled to Colorado, where he headed the Aspen ski patrol for many years before returning to California to retire.May 30, 2021Vote
‘The Shallow Tree ‘ By Ayush, , The Shallow Tree is a story of young boy, Kishan. Kisan had a past which had chased him. His present girlfriend Meera was astonished by sudden disappearance of Kishan and bewildered by the knowledge of her past girlfriend Radhika. Kishan left Meera without saying anything and left his diary behind. The past of Kishan had never left him in peace.May 30, 2021Vote
‘My fathers school’ By Dutta, , A short poem on My father's schoolMay 30, 2021Vote
‘An Assassin On Thet Anneth’ By Jason Russell, , Coming in at 5,250 words, Assassin on Thet Anneth tells the first-person account of a hired assassin who crosses the Andromeda galaxy to the planet Thet Anneth for a contract on a controversial political figure. Thet Anneth is a world like none he had encountered prior - one where plants evolved to become the dominant species and mammals remain stationary. In a moment's hesitation, the assassin discovers he wasn't sent alone to ensure completion of the job and unless he pulls the trigger, his own life is in danger.May 30, 2021Vote
‘Origami’ By Melody Friedenthal, , What do you get when you mix origami with magic?May 29, 2021Vote
‘Child of Mourning’ By Melody Friedenthal, , When you and all your family live well into your 2nd century, what do you do when you have a child with a different fate?May 29, 2021Vote
‘Tales of hunger in the forest of death’ By Amrita Chatterjee, , The Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forest sprawling across India and Bangladesh, are one of the most ruthless terrains for both man and beast. Persevering in its rugged terrains is a challenge that requires resilience, courage and above all the will to defy death. Hunger is the driving force here. Sheeba, a tigress, a native of these lands treads out in search of food for herself and her cubs. Scarcity of game in the forest has made her desperate. She has become fearless enough to cross the raging rivers and trespass into human settlements to forage for food. Arati is ostracized from her society as her husband, a honey collector, was killed by a tiger, a fate that most people of his profession are destined to. Left alone to fend for her family she has started fishing and often has to go deeper into the forest for a better catch. In doing so, she must ignore risks to her life from crocodiles and tigers. Both Arati and Sheeba are mothers, both are hungry and both are trespassers into lands where they are not wanted. They struggle to feed their family and to continue to exist despite everything. Will they be able to win this battle? If then who is the victor and who will be the vanquished?May 29, 2021Vote
‘Lies, Sex and lnfidelity’ By Jaqueline Williams, , A judge cheated with the court house clerk. A child that is not the and someone has Hiv.May 29, 2021Vote
‘The Dream Weaver ‘ By RJ Barduhn, , Nyota wakes up within a dream but it's unlike any other. She also discovers herself in a wonderous room and from there she begins her journey. Her mind starts to fill to the brim with questions about this dream and where it all started. Despite being fully aware, why is it she can't remember what her life was like in the conscious world? Was she destined to stay here? Soon enough, Nyota will discover she is not alone and her truth will soon reveal itself.May 28, 2021Vote
‘My Heart Aches Too ‘ By Ashi, , Sarangi who was once the charm of her mothers’ eyes and the pride of her father has now become a burden to the family. Three years ago, she completed her education from an excellent university securing the highest package from an admired company. For the first time she felt people saw the potential in her and finally looked through beyond her dark complexion. However, the past three years have been difficult for her as her family has been desperately trying to search a suitable groom for her. Disgraceful comments about her skin colour have completely shattered Sarangi from the inside and decimated her self-esteem. Already been rejected by twenty families she is getting ready to be presented in front of the next prospective groom Daiwik. As soon as his family arrives, they express their discontent about how they have been cheated through fairer photographs of the girl. Sarangi is very close to a mental breakdown until Daiwik decides to talk to her alone. Soon, the girl finds herself sympathizing with the aggrieved soul of Daiwik who is a transgender but was never allowed to become a girl. The story unfolds as the two pestered souls have a heartfelt conversation about how the cruelty of the world broke them piece by piece. The conversation ends with Sarangi developing a deep appreciation for her beautiful feminine body while Daiwik sings a poem to express his torment.May 28, 2021Vote
‘Crime Against Humanity’ By Jo Recchia, , Poem about indeginous peopleMay 28, 2021Vote
‘Cravings of a Broken Heart’ By Hala Bakir, , Anyone who has ever been heartbroken, is in a constant rush to get over the pain of the heartbreak. Each person deals with it in a different way, we get into new relationships sooner or later and then what? Without true understanding what a broken heart craves, what pushes us to jump into relationships that break our hearts, and what it is our heart truly desires, we will continue to fall into the same patterns, whether we realize it or not. In this short story, you will get insightful tips and eye opening realizations with a touch of humor, and whole lot of truths.May 27, 2021Vote
‘Bonds’ By Joel Fisher, , A family of three is torn apart by sickness, while grief plays a role in a very literal way. Connecting with your 8 year old son is not a walk in the park.May 27, 2021Vote
‘Wood and Gold’ By CSbennett, , A tribe of Barbarians prepare themselves for a battle to reclaim their homeland that was stolen from them thirteen years prior and are dead set on using any means necessary to accomplish their goals.May 26, 2021Vote
‘The Journal of Levi Bloom’ By Bruce Walker, , Two men returning from a camping trip in Montana uncover an old journal kept by a small town South Dakota resident once thought to have committed an unsolved robbery.May 26, 2021Vote
‘The Afflicted’ By Emmie N. Pasley, , Eradicating the mentally insane is what Cordelia was trained to do. Eradicate the "Afflicted." But when Cordelia's eyes are opened to reality, she realizes the truth about the "Afflicted"; they're not mentally insane, they just know the truth.May 26, 2021Vote
‘Ode To An Unsung Verse’ By Kasturi Goswami, , Neelam coincidentally discovered one of her mother's old poems. What intrigued her was the fact that it talked about a heart-rendering one-sided love. Who was this mysterious person Mehar seemed to illustrate in many of her works? Neelam decides to face her mother. What she learns is a myriad of emotions. Will her view change and accept the answer Mehar delivers?May 26, 2021Vote
‘Liana and the Seventh Spin’ By Roberta Azzopardi, , The house that sits by the sea does not age. The villagers fear the dwelling that exists like a fly in an amber stone, but a girl, who dreams of a better life than the only one offered to her in their tiny community, is lured by what it might symbolise. When on her 18th birthday, she finds a strange object while working on the fields, the house calls to her and she, full of hope and dread, answers. What she discovers in the timeless house by the sea will change the course of her life over and over again.May 26, 2021Vote
‘The Runaway Princess’ By Michaela Vlčejová, , Dear diary, I don't want to marry a prince I have never seen, so I will run away from my beautiful palace in the twenty first century, where I was meant to be crowned as a Queen in a year and travel the world, running away from the knights, assassins, and the prince that I should marry. Who could predict I would fall in love? With love, Princess Gwen.May 26, 2021Vote
‘Kabir’ By Mitali Kaushik, , A clichéd story of love, heartbreak, and beauty with a twist. It'll make you dream. And then turn it into a nightmare.May 26, 2021Vote
‘Dreams Are Made And Stolen’ By Golden Angel, , Two ethereal beings often find themselves on the opposite side of life. One makes the beautiful dreams of children while the other fought against their own natural urges to steal the dreams their friend made, leaving nightmares.May 25, 2021Vote
‘Colin’s Choice’ By Keighley Miller, , The Chosen are highly prized for their collective value as harbingers of change, as well as protectors of time - without them, the history of the world could have occurred quite differently. However, to be Chosen is not without its sacrifices. In Colin Waters' case, his sacrifice was not made by any choice of his own. After years of traumatic training to prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to jump through time, Colin is jaded to the process, and resentful of his coveted role as one of Drostmeyer's Chosen. Despite his failure to complete the jump early in life, he is still required to attempt again, until he is successful, or until he is dead. Now that the time has come for his next chance, he is at a crossroads - will he be able to complete the expectations that are required of him? In this point of his story, accompany Colin through his process to prepare for this second chance - and expect the unexpected.May 25, 2021Vote
‘The Marriage Graphic’ By Elmer Zook