Write about someone deliberately trying to make somebody else envious.
Posted in Dark on Oct 31, 2022
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“Johnstone Project” by John Jenkins
It was a cold Sunday in January and Paul Mundelex was having his favorite brand of coffee at the office. He’d worked for two hours already and was building up a head of steam. Next was the big weekly meeting in which all his reports would be giving updates as to their progress on the Johnstone agreement. The agreement was the child of over six months of tireless work, coming from an early draft through to a devel...
“Snow Leopard” by Jacob Chudnovsky
I gently tap her on the cheek. No reaction. I tap harder. Her eyelids flutter, and her breath speeds up for a second but then slows down again. I grab her shoulders and shake her. Still no reaction. She’s very deep under. I must have overdone it with the ether. Getting sloppy in my old age.I walk to the kitchen, pour a glass of cold water, then return to her and pour the water over her face. There we go. Finally.Her eyes pop open, and her body strains against the ropes. It takes her a couple seconds to ...
“THE SECRET ADVISOR” by R. J. Garron
The billows of clouds overlooked the presidium with its sprawling mat of minarets, domes and rectangular residences. The glaring white light from the F-4 star blanketed the city in a silver shroud, reflecting its power and opulence. Wealth was untold in the Dorf Imperium, an easy ticket for continuity of royalty under the Premiership of Lord Imblorr. He was virtually elevated to godhood, m...
“Avenger” by Jane Bradshaw
This bar is seedy and disgusting. Not the kind of place I like to frequent. But I needed somewhere off the radar. A place where no one pays attention to you or remembers a face or name. Even the bar's name, ‘Hot Bird’, bespoke the kind of venue it was. I had sussed out the joint earlier and knew it was perfect for what I needed tonight. I am a closet artisan so one of the things I love the most about my j...
“Revenge Is Best Served Mechanically” by Vincent Paiement Désilets
One, two, three, four, five—there you go. One, two, three, four, five—there you go. Breaking the task into smaller portions made it bearable, survivable. It made it so I wouldn’t use the box cutter to open my veins instead of the cardboard boxes. So many cardboard boxes, hundreds of them, because who had to sort out all the tiny pieces needed for the next day? Thirty-five of those here, fifty of those there. Who had to ...
“Just Dance” by Zoe Pollock
Content warning: mild foul language Swing music blared from the second-floor windows of the building as Lara stood outside. Her heart skipped a beat. Maybe I should just go back home, she thought to herself. With a trembling hand, she pulled out a compact mirror from the purse slung over her shoulder. The mirror glinted in her eye from the streetlight above her. Her hand still shaking, she checked her lipstick and eye makeup. She had spent over an hour on her makeup and picked out her outfit days befor...
“someone deliberately trying to make somebody else envious.” by Abdullah Alhussan
John had always been a competitive person. He liked to be the best at everything he did, and he loved to make other people jealous. It was a way of getting attention, and he loved the feeling of power it gave him. One day, John decided to take his jealousy to the next level. He started making plans to deliberately make someone else envious. He chose his target carefully: a friend who always seemed to have...
“Clean Envy” by Candida Morgan Taylor
As I slammed my trunk closed, and started walking towards the sidewalk that leads to Marci’s beautiful mansion in Houston’s River Oaks subdivision, I was hurled backwards dropping my Maid kit in tow. One bottle of cleaning liquid went spewing in the direction of the freshly planted flowers along the sidewalk. Attempting to save the flowers, and my spray bottle from releasing the last bit of supply I had on hand, I dropped the rest of the supplies I had cuddled underneath my ...
“Car Power” by Marie White
She’d never felt prouder than when the salesman handed her the keys to the most wasteful purchase of her life. She thanked him. Smile revealing teeth like sugar cubes, he told her to enjoy the ride. She would. She’d never had much interest in cars. They got one from Point A to Point B. What more did one need? She still felt this way…except in this particular case. In this case, glitz and glamour meant everything...
“Sexy Threads” by EJ Lagerberg
The Bluetooth speaker glowed a rainbow of colors as a 90s dance tune came on and filled the livestock arena with its infectious rhythm. Laurent snapped to attention and turned his ears to the music. It was his favorite song. He squared his shoulders, arched his back, his head held high on his long, graceful neck. He strutted to the song beneath the overhead lights, making eye contact with his enraptured audience. “I...
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