Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Door Flew Open


Time Remains

The elderly home where she lived was... boring.
One day, the door to her room flew open and there he was, as handsome as ever.
"I have a message. In a minute, a man will show up and tell you something. Just say "yes".
She nodded and wondered. Had he been activated? Odd thing at his age...
"How did you find me?"
"I have my sources." He smiled. "Remember Prague?"
She smiled too.
"OK. Just say yes." And he left.
A knock.
She opened the door. It was him again.
"Will you marry me?"
And all she said was "yes".
100 Word Stories

Sunday, November 28, 2021

What's That On Your Face?

Asalia House


The crow landed on the arm of the scarecrow.
“Well, I never,” thought the scarecrow.
The crow groomed himself and just sat there.
What on earth. They were supposed to be afraid of him.
A bit of wind made the crow flap the wings briefly.
This is really too much!
"Oh, what's that on your face?" asked the crow.
What, what? The thing was talking!
"That's so sweet. It's a ladybird!"
A ladybird? Where, where?
The crow laughed. "You crossed your eyes!"
The scarecrow smiled.
"Friends? I promise not to eat the crops here."
“Friends.”
And even the ladybird smiled.

Monday, November 22, 2021

NaNoWriMo 2021 Concluded

 

The past few months have been difficult, to say the least, and I didn't feel like writing new material (a novel). However, I was determined to get back to writing more than 100 words a week. NaNoWriMo was the perfect "excuse". 

Today, I have surpassed the 50k mark thus becoming a (rebel) "winner".

Thank you. You know who you are. Without you and your support, I wouldn't have made it to the end. Every time I felt like giving up, I could hear your voice saying "you can do it". Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Arson

Enoshima

The box sat on the floor. Everyone was quiet, imagining the potential level of devastation it could cause.
“I thought we were torching the place,” said one of them. “These are... well, ammunition for whatever war weapon. We don't have that weapon, do we?”
The question made them snort.
“We could get it,” another ventured.
“It must cost a fortune.”
Everyone mumbled. Destroying the place for the insurance was far more complicated than they had anticipated.
"I don't understand... Why don't we torch the place? Done."
Yep, he was done alright.
Let's face it. Simple solutions aren't always the most fun.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Unsure


Octoberville

He thought he had led a good life until someone from out of town whispered something in his ear. It wasn't easy to upset him and yet here he was, panicking. He took the fish from the lines where it was drying and hid it in a bag. He looked at his hands and felt the need to wash them, frantically, obsessively. But he just stood there. And he wondered... He wondered if the stranger really knew what he had done, traveling through space but, above all, through time, that time he had so desperately tried to run away from.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

The End


"The End".
She put the pen down, happy.
The book was published. But she abhorred the cover. And she was very vocal about it too. No one listened because the book was a success, "a huge success" as the publisher always made a point of stressing.
OK, fine! So be it.
Her next book was called "The Fool". And she loved the cover, a photo of a foot sticking out of the ground. She had taken it herself with her cellphone. It was much cheaper than hiring some top designer.
Buying the gun, however, did mess up her whole budget...

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Since Records Began

 

Bridgetown


When it all started, no one expected to understand. They waited. Some waited patiently, others complained. After a while, it was clear that since records began, time had been bent to the limit. What was happening? When? It seemed the safety net everyone knew - seconds, minutes, hours, days - had disappeared. Town clocks were removed. A law was issued. No watches.. What had happened would happen again, multiple times. Everyone got poorer and had to live in shanty towns. But he smiled. The colorful row of light bulbs crossing his street gave him solace.... And he decided not to wait anymore.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

You Saved My Life and Then...

Collins Land

You saved my life and then you followed the disposal protocol. "I must keep moving," you said. And I knew you meant climbing that money ladder. You grabbed my hand to pull me out of that hole they had hidden me in. Those were the worst 5 days of my life, I thought. But... no. That was not true because the worst 5 days of my life were... now. You barked "No need to shower her." And you pointed at me. I smiled at the thought that the kidnappers had been kinder than you and your petty little nauseous vengeance.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Heat of the Moment

Amar

What have you done? They put two and two together. They found out. You ran, hid, wore hats and dresses. Ridiculous. What for? What a waste of time. You should've run away. What have you done? Yes, you have killed them all, haven't you? That's what they'll say. And here you were, so full of myself. You answered their questions, all of their questions, and you can't even remember the answers anymore, you buffoon, thinking you could outsmart them all. What now? Now... Now you're in deep shit. But you've escaped once and you'll escape again. For how much longer?