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The Starry Man

We met in a bar.  My friends dragged me to the dark building, lit with rustic light bulbs instead of diffused-beam lighting system.  When I asked the bar worker, he said the owner had a stockpile from back when bulbs were viable, and he hated to waste money.

The light from the bulbs was fuzzy, and as my friends dragged me from the bar to a table, I spotted her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Futuristic Fiction

 

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Rain to Calm

All of my life, I have heard countless people speak of the spiritual.  Gods, ghosts, nature, energies– the whole nine yards, if you don’t mind the cliche.  I was raised a Christian, and I was converted by my parents from Episcopalian to Baptist, and converted by myself to “curious.”

For Mom, the woman who adopted and raised me, she found her center with the Christian God, and for a long time, she meditated every morning with prayer and her bible.  She only stopped when it came time to support her children monetarily after Dad moved out to get a job in another state.  She remained deeply religious.  She always spoke of how God would provide. Her faith was always strong. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Nonfiction

 

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In the Shadow of the Colosseum (Part III)

Continued from In the Shadow of the Colosseum (Part II).

We managed to arrive in one piece.  Ctephen’s relief seemed silly to me.  There was no hardship along the way, save that it took so long to arrive.  Instead of going to an inn, he went straight to the recruitment office, where he was turned down immediately.  They did, however, offer to recruit me.  I laughed at them.

“You don’t understand.  I was told to come by a Father, to atone for a sin in IL’s house.  He sent me north to join with a grand host.” He looked so confused. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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In the Shadow of the Colosseum (Part II)

Continued from In the Shadow of the Colosseum.

For nine days, I lived in the church building.  The skinny, sickly man’s mother would not allow him to invite me to stay at his home, and nobody else had room.  He visited often, and I learned his name was Ctephen Flamard.  I had no name to give him, save my sequence– AB21, which he refused to call me.  Instead, he called me Abby.  I thought it sweet, so didn’t object.

Every day, he brought me three meals.  It was far more than I was used to, and my own restlessness led me to work my body.  I soon developed muscles, and became vainly proud of my shoulders.  Countless times, I convinced him to make love to me, though it was never as satisfying as those many times in front of a crowd, with someone’s leg and their steely jaws.  I missed those times, though I was beginning to also enjoy life, and my time among these people in this strange country was happy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Semihistorical Fiction

 

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A New Apprenticeship Begins

Continued from Enric’s Graduation.

Flames crackled, and screams echoed.  Enric could only stare and beg for Elmer’s release. “He didn’t do anything wrong!” the boy cried hoarsely. “Let him go!  He only made medicine!” The boy struggled against a hundred hands that held him back and turned his face to look up at his teacher.  His tears fell freely as he watched the only man who fed him, clothed him, and cared for him dance uselessly over flames that were igniting the man’s only coverings.

Enric could see the blisters forming on Elmer’s legs, and began to struggle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Death Learning

If any could ever find fault in me as I fulfilled my merciful duties, that fault was my love.  I loved every single living person, just as much as I loved those who had already died.  King, peasant, whore, saint, I loved them all.

My only sadness was how none loved me, in return.  It was heartbreaking.  Every time I approached, the people I loved so dearly fled as though I was a monster, come to bring them agony and pain.  No, that was my mother’s duty, and they adored her, but I was not bitter.

Mother’s duties were unpleasant enough as it was, and in her twisted mind, she thought herself a scion of goodness and love to those beneath us.  She did not need me to think cruelly of her, even when she brought suffering upon the hearts of innocent children.  Besides that, it was simply not my place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Semihistorical Fiction

 

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Evo

I looked across the Void.  My siblings stood beside me.  We were Water, Air, Earth, and Fire.  The empty void was filled with dust, so Air brought it together and sorted it.  Fire used his great hammer and forge to give it shape, and Water cooled it.  I looked upon the realm they granted me, and I was thankful.  Air blew around the void again and found more.  Water mixed the matter together, and I smashed two stones together to ignite it as a gift to Fire.  We created the stars for Air, and selfless Water insisted that this was good, and made her realm a part of mine.

In time, Air and Fire joined us, and I gave each a home on my realm.  My realm grew in beauty as each of us touched it, and its form changed.  Dips and rises formed as Fire breathed.  Water filed away at hard edges.  Air gave us a wall between the World and the Void, and our sunsets and sunrises were spectacular to behold.  My world– our world– was alive and beautiful.

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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Semihistorical Fiction

 

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