Set your story in a world devoid of logic, where feelings govern all decision-making.
Posted in Angst on Nov 11, 2022
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“Civic Duty” by Michał Przywara
Moira put on her apron, signed in to her register, and prepared for the least busy day of the year. Her heart thrilled because she was finally old enough to participate in this most sacred of secular events. A moment later the doors opened and the customers started trickling in. The first one up at her counter was an old man in a parka, perpetually rubbing his hands.“Welcome to McDemocracy’s. Can I take your order?” Moira asked, beaming at him.“Yes, hello,” he said with an earnest grin. “I’m really hankering something, but I...
“She Gave Birth To And Killed An Eternity!” by Snya Aryf
She looked like serenity. Laying on the bed, her eyes locked in a breath, with a smile, she cuddled in her own sorrows, fear, and mostly love. Love that she used to and still feel for the love she did, the love she held closer and dear to her, the love she never wanted to go, the love she wanted to live, the love that left her crippling, struggling for a single breath that could liberate her. I felt l...
“Everybody Eats Raw Cookie Dough” by Aeris Walker
CW: Mild language, mention of blood.“So basically, things just really suck right now. I feel like garbage all the time, and it’s starting to affect my whole life, you know?”“That sounds really stressful, babe.”“It really is. And when I try to talk to my friends about all my health issues, I can tell they are uncomfortable and don’t know how to react. I just feel like no one really understands what I’m going through.”“I’m sure, I know it’s been a rough couple of weeks for you. But, have you t...
“2046” by Marilyn Filewood
I was so lucky when the world ended. I had the good fortune, you see, to have been born into a Doomsday cult, and we had prepared for it every day of our lives. It was almost a relief when it came. Why, we all wanted to shout, why didn't you listen to us? Two generations ago, our community had bought an abandoned mining town at the very end of the world, the tip of New Zealand's southern isle. ...
“All He Ever Wanted” by Kiyomi Appleton Gaines
He had no emotional modulation. He just accepted and believed any thought that came into his mind, and his heart would react as if it were true. The thoughts weren’t intentional, weren’t chosen, weren’t thoughtful, but subconscious little blips that popped up and ran along animal neural circuitry long-established that said – you are under threat. He was afraid all the time, but men like him weren’t give...
“King Hunch” by Melony Beard
A short, jolly fellow named King Hunch ruled Aurora Island. The citizens of the island trusted King Hunch even though he often had changing perceptions of how to rule the land. He often had dreams which led him to make important decisions or sometimes, he just had a hunch of how things should be done. King Hunch was from a lengthy line of family members gifted with a believed discernment and insight, so no one questioned him. Well, not until the day, a little boy was born, named Philomath, better known as Phil.Phil was b...
“Before You Act, Remember Samson” by Philip Ebuluofor
Deaths due to cult activities are on the increase a lot not only in schools but in the streets and marketplaces in Ukpoi autonomous community these days. Various cult groups run after recruits as the military runs after recruits to beef up their depleting ranks during the war. They seem to have made that town their headquarters. They had though...
“Heavens gate” by Mary Lehnert
Trembling at Heaven’s Gate, where earthly time ceases and a man’s fate is decided, I’m about to be immersed in my Final Test. Feeling strangely exhilarated in a state of wonder, confusion and dread, Heaven's Gate, like a gothic tower rising in the clouds has, inside, a cozy English pub.. Cordially invited by blissfully charming angels who’ve brought me t...
“Mean Machine” by Jed Cope
“Whereas the acts pertaining to the previous clause hereto form this part of the agreement, there is no representation, direct or implied, on behalf of the licensor…” Jeremy looked around him at the people who surrounded him in this place of worship and he wondered how it was that he was surrounded by beatific faces. Not for the first time, he wondered whether there was something in the water supply, or e...
“Ethotopia and Pathostan” by Jessica Amaya-Jimenez
Don't tell anyone here in Pathostan, but I don't make decisions the same way they do. As a secret archaeologist and a council member to the prime minister, I'm qualified to tell you. 75 years after my country's independence and on the eve of an agreement for diplomatic relations, my mother, the original archaeologist of our family, met my father after traveling to Pathostan to dig at the Buddhist ruins site. As ...
“god of azon” by Marty B
I have never been this high in the Temple, climbing to the most sacred floor to bring an answer to the greatest issue facing our Church in years. I fear it is the wrong answer. I do not want to go. I pray to the gods they do not take their rage out on the bearer of the message. My red robes, thick and heavy, slide down my shoulders as I take step after step. All I hear is the shushing sound of it s...
“Birds Eye View ” by Kevin Alphatooni
“You’re finally going to take me there?” Peter asked. “Yup,” Dennis said with a nod. The two sat high up in the branches of an old redwood tree. Out toward the horizon, the silhouette of a city loomed, the tall skyscrapers veiled by a thick morning haze. Peter eyed it, curiously. He had always been told the city was a dangerous place, however, he was now of the age where he was expected to make the jou...
“Dreams of a Life Without Guilt” by Fernie Moore
TW: Physical Violence, Mental Health, Thoughts of Suicide Before she knew what was happening, it was too late. She stood over the body and contemplated the life she had taken. The anger coursed through her like a tsunami, despite the small voice in her brain that thought practically begging her to stop. This wasn’t the first time she’d killed, but she was determi...
“Green is Green” by Tamarin Butcher
The bag was pulled suddenly from her head, the hours of being jostled and dragged apparently at an end. She looked around quickly, her blinking eyes straining against the sudden light. Bright light. The sort of light one found in a televised trial scenario. "Anxiously, you stand accused of blatantly disregarding your birth name and fomenting rebellion in yo...
“PLANET OF INFANTS” by R. J. Garron
The sound of drumming fingernails rattled through the assembly room. “This could spell trouble,” the Prime Administrator said under his breath. He stared out the window toward the planet in question and shook his head in distress.“Fellow praxeologists,” he continued, facing back toward the panoply of committee researchers from cultures spanning the galaxy, “I’m afraid we’ve come across a potential impasse. If said inhabitants,” he gestured toward the window, “barring ...
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