Start your story with someone having a run of bad luck.
Posted in Angst on Jan 6, 2023
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“Fortunately, They Suck at Quick Service” by Delbert Griffith
Detective Jordan (GQ) Williams gazed at the body on the floor. Two shots to the chest. Quick, clean, efficient. He turned to his partner and asked, “Wanna help me out here?” Detective Harry Barnes did not want to help him out. He was sitting in a chair with a drooping frame and seemingly in pain. His strong and rugged physique looked frail, bent over with bowed head. “You hung over?” ...
“Our Lot in War” by Scott Christenson
[TW: pg-13 WW2 battle scene]In 1942 my father was lucky. He studied anthropology in university—even published a paper on the Minahasan people of Indonesia—and when the draft came he was enlisted into US Army Intelligence rather than being called up for combat.During the war he shuttled around the Pacific collecting information on local populations, providing weapons to resistance movements, and helping negotiate problems locals had with US military bases.On one such journey, on a troop...
“The Turning of the Wheel” by Laurel Hanson
Dance stood there, mouth hanging open. He stared at the grey-faced old man who had delivered the verdict, attempting to form words out of the maelstrom of confusion, hurt, and disbelief in his head.“But, I am…” he faltered, not sure how to proceed. If he was to claim he had been the best in the trials, he would sound arrogant on the one hand while insulting to the other applicants on the other. Even though it was true.The maester finished for him. “The best in your level.”“Yes!” D...
“Thanks Bitch” by Daniel Fernandes
The author has placed a warning on this post for language. This also mentions suicide. So this is where shit lead to? Moving on with life welding pain onto my wall of memories I had of you. Months of talking yet years of being friends. Visions of the perfect duo. Only now I know your senseless. Drifting sorry Pat Briscoe I have to with the loss of affection. I did my part. Where's...
“Losing Lucky” by Michelle Oliver
“What have you got in your mouth!”It’s not a game! Not this time! Bloody hell! Who the hell knew that owning a Labrador was like owning a vacuum cleaner with teeth? I dart around one side of the table, and he, like a black shadow with eyes, a maniacal grin, and what can only be described as an evil genius doggy laugh- mwhahaha, you think you can catch me! Foolish human!- darts the other way.“Stop! You bloody-” ooof! Nope. Slipperier than a greased pig- I wonder what a greased pig feel...
“All because I stole an apple” by Violet Miller
I am running for my life all because I stole an apple. Well, not really for my life. I just encountered a bit of bad luck. You see, there are two things that you need to know before I go on. First of all, I stole this apple for my little sister. She was hungry and we didn’t have enough money to buy it, so I thought I could slip it under my jacket without being noticed. Obviously I was wrong. Second of all, I am running because I can...
“The Black Fox” by Emanuel Diaz
The black fox had always been a creature of the night, moving through the shadows with a grace and stealth that belied his blindness. He had always been a hunter, using his other senses to track his prey through the dense forests of his home. But he had never encountered an enemy like the anti-natalism regime that now ruled the land. For years, the regime had been using climate change as a guise for their...
“Inferno Luck” by J K
I’m on the road, finally, and far enough away that I should be able to relax. Still, it’s hours until I get back home, and I’m just hoping the Taurus doesn’t let me down. That burning smell is back, so it needs oil already, but I am shaking too hard right now. I go ahead and pull over into a rest area. At least I’m not tired, but my stomach feels sick with adrenaline.The sun was not yet up to flush away the darkness when I left the motel this morning. I made excuses to Charlie that I needed to get back home to watch my r...
“Dark Magic” by Jed Cope
Bad luck. She tells me it was luck, that I had some luck and my luck was bad. “It was not your fault,” she tells me this like it was something that happened in the past. A blip. The universe hiccupped and I suffered as a result. She’s wrong. They all are. The words in my head remind me of that. She’s wrong.
“Some Days Are Like That ” by Chelsey B
Edie awoke to the pitter patter of raindrops on the roof. She yawned, stretched, and rolled over. As she drifted back to sleep, she could hear her baby brother, Whit, crying from down the hall. A few moments later, or so it seemed, Edie’s mother burst into her room. “Oh no, you’re not up yet? Edie, we’re late. You’ve got to wake up!” Her mother gently shook Edie’s shoulde...
“Priceless Treasures” by Kristen Nazzaro Keller
Content Warning: Mentions of deathIt was the first day of summer and the young man made his way down the street, doing his best to avoid the students who were on a short reprieve from school. It was a foul day, and just as the man glanced up, the sky opened, releasing angry buckets of rain. All around him people were scurrying inside, trying to avoid getting drenched. But the man didn’t care. He continued moving forward, walking with hunched shoulders and his head down. If you hadn’t seen him walking like this b...
“Unlucky Day” by Nataliia Stempkovska
A short, thin, middle-aged man moved cautiously down the street, keeping away from the walls of the house. Nervously adjusting his glasses, he looked around as if looking for someone. It was pitch-dark outside, and not a single lantern was lit. The man reached into the pocket of his worn old coat to get a flashlight, only to find that there was a huge hole. He chaotically stuck his other hand into another pocket — anothe...
“All in a Day's Work” by Corrie McCue
Please note: This story contains use of strong language and adult themes.Marti returned to the register, the beer from the six pack dropped by the local drunk causing her shoes to stick to the floor. “Hi,” she acknowledged, hoping to avoid as much conversation with the plump, middle-aged man as possible. “Why are you in such a bad mood? You should smile more. You’d be so much prettier,” he admonished. “You need gas? Where you at out there?” She eyed him indifferently, ignoring the comments so typi...
“My Time Has Passed” by H. Peter Alesso
"Grandmama!” cried Nadia, bursting into the apartment. “Grandmama, I fell. I'm bleeding."Elina ran into the foyer."Let me see, dear," she said, her kind, wrinkled face etched with concern. Her fingers gently probed the jagged ten-inch gash across the teenager’s hip and thigh. "That’s going to need lots of stitches. How did it happen?"As Nadia sniffled and tried to get herself together, her beautiful blue eyes were red from crying. "I was running to the store to get fresh water. The sirens were going off, and everyone ...
“Quintessentially (Un)lucky ” by Fathima R
The air tasted sour that day. I just knew from the moment my eyes opened that it was an absolutely morose, burdensome, horrible, tumultuous, momentous in a bad-kind-of-way, day. I knew it when I woke up feeling the broken frame of my glasses jabbing my right side. As I reached my hand out and patted the sheets around me blindly to find the rest of my frame, I knocked down my table lamp, which resulted in a floor full of porcelain shards and a room full of curses.I took a deep breath and released it as a short sigh.
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