Start your story with the arrival of a strange visitor in a small town.
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“The Perfect Stranger” by Janetra Waters
Thorn Ridge was a small town, surrounded by miles of thick forest on all sides, in the middle of nowhere. With less than a hundred residents, it was one of those communities where everyone knew everyone. It was seldom that anyone new graced the streets. So when the stranger rode onto Mainstreet on his Black motercylce, it was quite the buzz. Not used to newcomers, there was a certain wariness that settled over eve...
“Welcome to The Wrinkle ” by Alexander Katz
(Author note: Contains violence.)“Anger is like bamboo. If it takes root, soon that’s all your garden will grow.” -Proverbs of The Forgotten. Tired. Stub was damned near to the point of exhaustion when he stumbled upon The Wrinkle. A small town that made other small towns look like the capital of Uto that was said to scrape the heavens. Stub knew that was some horse shit; Uto had tall buildings alright, but only a few out of thousands. They...
“Stay on the path” by Cole Lane
*---------------------------------*Cue the creepy music!*---------------------------------*Hey, Earl, our friend here could use a cup of joe.I found him sleeping in his car out on exit 13.Sure thing, Sheriff, the man responds, sliding a cup of black coffee across the counter.What’s your name, friend?“Jack Whitaker,” I reply. God, my head is groggy.“Where are you coming from?”“California.” I reply, “I don’t even remember stopping. The f...
“This Is Not A Dream” by Jay Luuu
Loud banging on my door jerks me awake, almost making me fall from my bed in the process. The glare of the moonlight from my bedside window strikes my eyes as I rub them vigorously as if that would somehow shake away the hold of sleep. I try to ignore it, but after five minutes of nonstop banging, I force myself up. I search for my fluffy bunny slippers on the floor while the banging continues...
“Envoy” by Sjan Evardsson
Despite stereotypes to the contrary, many small towns remained cold and unfriendly, wildly suspicious of strangers. Doubly so for those outside that town’s main demographic. Skin color, dress, hairstyle, even accent were all excuses to ignore or outright shun strangers. How much more so when the stranger is not even the same species? The envoy landed quietly in the forest, far away from human eyes. This was her ...
“Howling Wind” by Pippin Took
*Author’s Note: Xenia, Ohio, is a real place. I’m kinda using a metaphor here, enjoy* April 3rd, 1974 4:30 p.m. I sit on the porch swing, playing with a yo-yo. I got home from school an hour or so ago, and a bad storm is brewing. I go to Xenia High School in Ohio. Suddenly, a short figure walks up to me. My face relaxes into a grin. “Hey, what’s up?” I say to Amy, my best friend.
“Stranger Ideas” by Kathleen March
A figure has just appeared on the town green. The green that is sometimes called the town square or maybe something else. Not very many towns have something like that. Amherst, Massachusetts, perhaps, but not very many more. Parking lots have taken over most towns, or there are stores with no justification for being there.The figure makes no attempt to hide, but it also walks among the stands at the outdoor farmers' market on the green, apparently unnoticed. People are busy buying local produce and discussing ...
“The Stranger” by Blue Green
The hedgerow rustled with life as the man walked alongside. Insects droned in the warm evening air, dancing in zigzag patterns that perhaps formed a secret communication, but he had never worked it out. A blackbird warbled it’s throaty and melodious song from somewhere nearby, and was answered by a companion in the distance. He could hear a small creature, probably a mouse, scampering in the undergrowth to his left. It emerged, scuttling across his path before diving into the other hedgerow on the opposite side. Everything should be right...
“Letters from the Time Traveller's Wife” by Drei Etsocal
Dear Amelie, Kian Everett. Yes that's his name. An outlandish boy arrived in our town today. Or was that yesterday? Anyhow, I've seen him here for the first time. Mother told me to shop at the market and I happen to see him go to Mr. Linquist's bookshop, the Book Lore. He would perchance work there. Surely, you would not ruminate him if I just tell you that so I'll delineate how he looks from head to ...
“A Chance Meeting” by Babika Goel
Ursmouth is a tiny town in Saudi Arabia near Riyadh, its society a little unvarying. As a result, any visitor to this place would draw a lot of attention."Adra, I have never seen such a handsome man," her friend Anne exclaimed as she broke the news to her. She had seen him at the church gathering and had come over to Adra's worried about not being able to find her."How come you didn't show up?" Are you in good health? Your father was worried, you speak very little these days, are you alright? The priest hardly rem...
“Etherium” by Alisa Burdick
The crash lit up the sky somewhere outside of the small town of Shaysville, Tennessee. Lucy Jindrak cleaned the counter of the diner. Her boss, Myra, watched the blaze light up the sky as the Weeknd's song "Blinding Lights" played on the radio. Myra''s husband, Red, ran out of the office. "Ladies, stay here. I'll go see what that was." "Be careful, Honey." Myra said. They quickly kissed as Red ran to...
“A Stranger in Paradise” by Greg Gillis
An attractive blonde woman in her early twenties limped along a gravel road. Her hair was disheveled, and her clothes appeared filthy from the swirling gusts of wind the followed her path like demonic phantoms circling in wait of her demise. Up ahead, she noticed a blue sign riddled with holes from what seemed to be shotgun blasts. The faded white letters on t...
“ Garnet ” by Christine Folan
Adelaide Runner’s cow died the morning the stranger first came to town. It had been ailing for weeks and had been unable to give over any milk. Adelaide had known for some time that the cow would have to be put out of its misery, yet she could not help putting off her part in such an event. She hoped every morning that the thing had taken things into its ...
“The Stranger” by Sriya Kannepalli
A dinging noise emitted from my front door. I looked up from my book, wondering who it could be. It was 7:02 a.m. in the morning, and the whole town should've been asleep. I tiptoed to the door and peeked through the window. A man, probably in his 30s, was standing there, peeking back at me. I muttered to myself more than to him, "Who are you?" then opened the door a bit. The man waved, then straightened his jacket.
“A Stranger Enters the Salty Kraken” by Amanda Fox
I had just finished my second pint of ale when the stranger walked into the tavern. Let me rephrase that. The stranger literally kicked in the door to the tavern which was an immediately unpopular move, but no one wanted to say anything because this particular stranger was easily a head taller than anyone else in the room and oh Gods the muscles on him were bigger around than the stool I was sitting on.<...
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