Start or end your story with a character noticing the beauty in something they've seen hundreds of times.
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“Paying the Check” by Ray Weeks
"Reality's a helluva a drug," he says, and I hate to admit it, but he's right. I don't think he means it in the same way I do, but to be honest, I don't know how he means it, and it doesn't matter. The world looks better than it ever has, despite the awkward view. The click of the pistol's hammer latching into place is more akin to the hands of intricate clock tower innards than of a pawn shop piece that'...
“Dead to Dust” by Kevin Marlow
The ethereal shapes swirling in the waves of dust in the air were mesmerizing. Shapes like tongues of fire and billowing clouds, painted the burnt orange sky a hazy gray. I had replaced my tinted ultraviolet goggles with a clear lens model and the strange world of Terradorn took on a new dimension.The mask beeped. I put it on after a warning erupted from the device. It was the second warning, indicating the ninety second window one had to seek shelter from the dust storm.There were shelter-in-place pods...
“The Lover's Flower” by Barbara Mealer
The Lover’s Flower Rosalind plodded along the path, picking flowers to add to the two plain yellow roses she held. The hem of her best black gown was dirty now, but she didn’t care. In three days she would stop wearing black. Her life wouldn’t change, but she would no longer be in mourning. Everyone but her had forgotten what today was. If they hadn’t forgotte...
“Insignificant Other” by Shoshana A
It was one of the chilly months of the year when every bone of your body shivers rhythmically and your mighty teeth chatter to chime in. Well, my body felt as much, so I donned a black thick woollen coat and a scarf as buttress against freezing wind blowing outside. Earlier, I was planning to slip my head inside a cowl but it would have looked inappropriate.It was not any run-off-the-mill event for which I dressed up like a royal lady.
“Burnt Toast and Life's Other Pleasures” by Darby McGuire
The coffee pot gurgled to life as I snatched the burnt lumps of bread from the toaster. I forgot to take it out on time again because I had been too preoccupied scribbling on my lipstick in the hallway mirror to notice it was burning."Pour a bowl of cereal for yourself and your sister, and eat up, quick!" I said as I held up the blackened toast for Sean to see."Aw, mom, c'mon. We only have the nasty cereal." He rolled his eyes on his way, begrudgingly, to the kitchen cabinet.I ruffled his dirty blon...
“Born of Water” by Megan DeRouin
Born of Water I remembered the day the merfolk surfaced. I remembered what I was doing, what I was wearing and what I had been eating in that stuffy little diner absently watching the local college football game on TV. I wasn’t a local, I was just passing through, eighteen years old, fresh out of high school and driving across the country thinking that maybe along the way I could find mys...
“Onion Love.” by Phil Manders
"Ssssshhhh. Ok, ok, class, settle down please. Could you all please settle down and be quiet."Miss Taylor glanced around the room, waiting for the class to listen. “Thomas! Can you get your feet off the desk please. Thank you.”Gradually, the noise dulled to a murmur. She flashed a white smile and waited for the last of the whispers to stop. “Now then, if you remember, last time I saw you, I asked you to write about something that's beautiful in your life. Like, I don't know, your Mum or Dad or, say, I don’t know, your cat?”<...
“Can't Miss It” by Michael Martin
“Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!”The voice that came through his phone's speakers sounded so different than Emily’s did just minutes ago when she'd asked to watch Minecraft videos. How had she changed so much in just a few short years? Emily was only 3 then, her hair was shoulder length. Sharon had put it up in pigtails that morning. They bounced along with Emily as she implored him to wake up.He was glued to the small screen, replaying the video from four Father’s Days ago. How had he forgotten about that yellow fl...
“The Vanity” by Cathryn V
The old mahogany night stand had been surgically excised and bruised, yet it survived in the elegant bedroom, standing out like a fly on a wedding cake. It had been in their daughter Tessa's room until she moved out for college. Meridee intended to take to the dump, but Kevin insisted on using it next to his reading chair in their bedroom. Meridee had objected, of course, since it would ruin the elegant look she had achieved there.But that day, sitting in her now ex-husband's chair, she breathed in the faint smell of his...
“Dandelions in the Bathtub” by Abby Stone
Dandelions in the Bathtub Dandelions are unappreciated. They are loathed by gardeners, villainized by homeowners with pristine lawns, and ridiculed by chefs as not being good enough to be a contributor to the salad bowl. Dandelions are loved by children. They are picked by the fist...
“Heaven's Banquet” by Ian Mitchell
Warning: This one is rather graphic, and more than a bit gruesome. I’d never realized just how beautiful a soft summer rain can be, despite having seen it hundreds of times in my life. That was the thought that went through my head on a Thursday afternoon, as I lay dying upon the sidewalk after being struck by a car that had skidded out of control. Time seemed to be moving so slowly, and everyth...
“Insignificant Moments of Bliss and Loneliness - A Love Letter” by Clementine Daisy
About DescriptionsThe first time I tried to write, it occurred to me that despite my strong conviction that I am a writer, I could not describe an object; anything at all. All I could do was replace simple words for fancier words; but let’s not fool ourselves. That's a trick, not writing. Say, for example, that I have imagined an object. The object lives nowhere but in my imagination and I am thus, the only being having knowledge of the existence of the said object; of its properties, its looks,...
“Wilted Hydrangeas” by Ella Dodge
A few days ago she had been sauntering on the sticky streets of Southend-on-Sea and now, she traveled in a cloud of clay dust with a group of archaeologists into the Moroccan desert. Every object in sight was saturated in yellow, lustrous saffron in the scorching sun and flaxen rust in the sparse shade.Sonia sat adjacent to the window, brushing away the dust that had accumulated to show the sun, a dandelion that infested the sky that she was furiously attempting to keep at bay with her hand-held, paper make-shift fan. A woman with ...
“Complete and Utter Despair” by Amanda Fox
I’m alone. I’m so terribly alone, and it’s dark in the apartment. The blackout curtains are drawn tightly to block out the aggressive summer sun. The overhead light is on, but it does nothing to cut through the darkness that is, I recognize, mostly in my own mind. There are times when the loneliness is so overwhelming that I can’t help but cry. This is one of those times, and a soft whine ...
“Deep inside the earth” by Kayise Mosotho
I wake up draped in sheets of silk on a bed of tender foam. Pulling drips out of my arm and inner thigh as I try to stretch. The bed adheres to the weight of my body as I roll up to a sitting position. It could sleep six of me with room to spare. Its corners are surrounded by four pillars of carved wood. One carved in the totem of a snake. One of a bird of prey, perhaps a hawk or a falcon. One of a baboo...
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