Start your story with a character accepting a bribe.
Posted in Adults on Oct 31, 2022
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“Aches and Pains” by Avery Crescent
You tell me about your bad knee, your achy back, your sore shoulder. I’ve heard your sob stories. I’ve listened to your complaints. I’ve been a doctor for 24 years and I’ve heard it all. You say you need something for your pain. I’ve had two vertebrae in my spine fused together and a metal socket implanted in my right hip. Both times, I went home with a month’s supply of Vicodin. I bet you did too. It’s why you’ve come...
“Big Sisters” by Janie Sullivan
“Oh, stop being such a drama queen! Just take the money and let’s go!” Kayleighe spread her wings as far as she could in the cramped tunnel, bruising the joints a bit as they hit the rough concrete sides. Her big sister had witnessed something that would change the Saiges Dragons’ plans for the Royal Bureau of Border Control job fair they were holding this weekend, but the Ogre standing in front of her w...
“Bribe” by T.M. Kehoe
Marty was at the hospital tonight, like every night. What was different was, instead of being in his wife’s room holding her hand, he stood outside the hospital, and outside the ring of entrance lights and lamp poles. He wore scrubs with a hoodie over them, for warmth and disguise. He shouldn't have bothered; no one looked twice at him. The scrubs made him invisible. He nervously lit up a cigarette. He was far enough awa...
“High School Money” by Patricia Atkins
Thomas stood in front of his bully. Out of his entire high school career, he had never been more afraid of a single person in the whole school. Not even the counselor, who students were forced to talk to when they were caught smoking cigarettes or that one math teacher that ruthlessly failed just about everyone had the same effect on him. Adult scrutiny didn’t compare to that of someone his own age. His bully’s opinions...
“Secrets” by Stephanie Lee
"No man, seriously. I can't do this." Being from the streets, Randy was tired of playing with this guy who seemed to think this was just some game. He sighed with irritation. "Man come on. Stop trying to pretend like you ain't gonna do this. Your holier than thou act ain't foolin' nobody. You can keep up the pretense until you cave, or you can just cut the bull and cave now." Dan took a mo...
“Deal with the Devil” by Felicia Ogunnowo
Tristan couldn’t bear much any longer. He sat with authority at his desk at the front of the classroom, watching the documentary along with students about the background of the timeline of The Great Gatsby. At this point, he couldn’t care less. Images blurred so much that he rubbed his eyes incessantly. Words jammed in and flew out that he grasped nothing of importance. More and more, as the video went...
“Cheese and Honey” by Madeline Honig
“Bruce Bear! Bruce Bear!” The tiny voice echoed through the black bear’s den. Bruce Bear rolled over and checked his calendar alarm. He had been pushing the snooze button on his alarm for the past few days. His hibernation was technically over but he was not ready to face the new season. He sat up and stretched, raising his arms above his head and then scratching the back of his neck. “M...
“Blood Oath” by J Stephens
“Please Dr. Tepper, I’m not sure I can do this,” the distressed medical student explained while considering her options. Surprised by her level of resistance, the esteemed chairman and hospital administrator reasoned, “Ms. Gaines, I don’t believe you fully understand the situation before us. That boy wasn’t going to survive either way.” “You may be right, but we both know he didn’t die from his wounds....
“Never Enough” by L. E. Scott
What’s that you say? No amount of money could ever make you throw away your moral compass? That’s what I thought too. I’m a fair and impartial arbitrator. Nothing could make me take a bribe. I looked down my nose on all those other judges who traded dismissals for favors. They were the problem with the judicial system in this country and I was going to change things. Nothing could sway me. I would stick to my values. My ...
“Bulkhead” by David Rash
CW: Contains possible/implied violence/abuse. Alright… I took the money. Part of me knew that I would. The lying became easy, and astoundingly quick. The knowledge that I’d take the money wasn’t really that deep in my mind. It was at the forefront. It was like that kid at the front of class who always knows all the answers, practically lifting off the desk to move its already raised hand ...
“A Genius and Her Mind” by Khalishah Collier
“Maybe if I give you this you’ll finally disappear!” screams my Italian babysitter as she tosses a couple of bucks at me and turns to face the mirror again. Since she’s got her pretty little nails done, just take what’s yours, Indigo. I mentally tell myself, tapping my foot and waiting impatiently for the bathroom to be empty. You’ve tried to be reasonable. I lean to the side, m...
“Thanks Again, Means a Lot” by Mandy S
“Thanks again, means a lot.” The hooded man far younger than himself shook Ollie’s hand and stepped back into the car. The exhaust pipe sputtered as he pulled away and left Ollie coughing out long tendrils of dark soot. He shoved the thick envelope into his back pocket and stuffed his hands in those of his jacket. He spun on one heel and made his way back towards his own Volkswagen, the one that barely started....
“Ancestry” by Ashley Frerichs
It took some digging, but Marjorie Lipman eventually found out which guard could be trusted with a favour. Rumour had it young Andrew Taylor was susceptible to bribes, so the next time Marjorie caught him in the prison hallway’s (not-so) secret blind spot, she flashed him her brightest smile along with a crisp tenner and her father’s Nikon. Without hesitation, the guard slipped the bill into his pocket, hung the camera’...
“Never Trust an Icosohedron” by Szal Veilwinter
“How dare you refuse me a discount, mortal!” The icosohedron yelled, nearly rattling the wooden walls of Kerrik’s damp apartment above the goldsmith. “Shh!” Kerrik said in a loud whisper. “You don’t want the neighbors to hear us, do you? Also, I’m not exactly mortal myself,” he said, pulling at his gray flesh. Kerrik’s client turned a shade of green usually reserved for the freshe...
“Six Little Words” by J.L. (Jesse) DuRona
Six Little Words J.L. DuRona “Just take it and walk away.” That’s what he says. Take it. Walk away. In that order. Six little words. And I do. I take it and walked away. Finn Walters smiles as he slaps “it,” the “object,” into my upturned palm. The clamminess of his sweaty hand li...
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