End your story with a character looking out on a new horizon.
Posted in Narrative on Oct 25, 2022
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✍️ 65 stories
“Stars over the Horizon” by Isaiah Wilson
A blaring sound rang across the small town, it was oddly rhythmic. As if it was sounding off to the tune of that one Rick Astley song. Markus couldn't remember the name but the words came perfectly to him, as the siren blared the town began to sing in a beautiful unison “We’re no strangers to lov– Can you turn your alarm off?” Markus’ eyes shot open with a look of surprise and disappoint...
“Another Sunrise, Different Setting” by Sean Sorce
WRITER NOTE: This is a retrospective of my main character Terance Tavf through his eyes in Chapter 61 of The Blacksmith's Nephew.I have been traveling with my group of companions for a majority of the week. We're close on saving Princess Ruth; the love of my life. I woke up that seventh morning before everyone else did for I was very much anxious and nervous as to be expected. For not only was I, a humble squire going to save my lovely Princess, but I was also going to see her after an entire week. I got so much to tell ...
“Green Door” by Susan Whitlock
Adam stared at the keyring handed to him by the estate lawyer, Saul Kroll. He felt empty of thought and emotion until that point, but suddenly had the desire to stab Saul in the eye with the large skeleton key. “Better not,” his mind whispered wisely, “your brothers are watching.” Adam Everclay was the eldest son of Juniper Rollins Everclay – the billionaire investor. His two younger brothers, Troy and Davi...
“Journeying Into Death” by James Grasham
Just three days from leaving Afferton, Armin saw the tower built by old King James puncturing the horizon like a hundred-foot needle. Its long shadow cast the final leg of his day’s journey into darkness. One hundred soldiers call it home, guarding the kingdom of Peccothia from the foul beings that haunt the waste. Armin had heard the stories of scorpions with claws that could cut a man in two, and worms that could swall...
“Lola” by Michael Danyluk
He called up an escort, he couldn't handle it: he had to get her off his mind. He missed her: he missed her face; he missed the cute way she moved, the way she would cuddle up with him and make him feel like everything in the world was alright. A hooker was a good way to take his mind off her. “Hello?” “Hey, how are you tonight hun?” “I'm good, I'm good. How are you, my love.” “Good, had a...
“Dakota Bound” by Kristine Bone
-Dakota Bound- Chicago, July of 1875 - Clutching my valise to my body tightly, I cautiously stepped forward to board the railroad car along with the many others gathered on the wooden platform. The humid air gave me cause to wipe my forehead of sweat and then place the handkerchief in front of my nose to block the chocking fumes. This smoking monster, the Chicago and Northwest...
“A Morning Person” by Kat Sencen
TW: Sickness, deathI watch as the sun rises up from its sleeping place, far beneath the ground. Maybe the sun is tired of always having the same cycle, each day, over and over again. For an infinite amount of years and then some. Orange streaks fill the sky, closing out the darkness. It’s a sight that I’ve always loved, like a change in time, an end to the dark. I watch from my roof as a dazzling beam lifts itself up out of the earth. I have to squint to look at it.I watch the sunrise every da...
“Things are looking up” by Ramona Powell Poole
The buzzer on Briana’s desk phone went off. “Briana, can you come into my office please?” said the voice on the other end. “Yes, just a minute”, Briana answers. She pushes herself back from her desk, grabs her notepad, and heads into her boss Mark’s office. When she enters the room, she notices that Mark has a disheveled look about him. She sits in front of his desk and asks if he’s okay. Mark brushes his...
“A Short Walk Across Eternity ” by Devin Walker
Breathing is so important. I've only done this a few times before, and the first time I pulled this off I found myself at the bottom of a pool. Coughing up chlorine for a minute, and sneezing out the rest over time. The trip was short though, whipping back home once my sinuses stopped burning. Still learning the ropes of this nee ability of mine, and you would thinking being able to teleport would be...
“Girl-Shaped and Glowing” by Audrey Shaw
I have lived in the same town my whole life, and my whole death too. It’s the kind of place that you live to be somewhere while being nowhere, so I couldn’t tell you where I am, not really. I could say something about the span of the crescent valley, scooping through hills of cold earth where I’ve come to travel with an audience of sheep. Trodding alongside icy rivers and jumping streams, floating up...
“Limbo” by Lauren McGovern
I am a ball of light. I am a glare in a slate of blue, like the plasma white of the sun. I am now aware of my awareness. I ask myself why I am aware. I am not alone. The base of my form rests on a bed of white clouds. Every particle to my core is vibrating. My light is ta...
“Gordo Series #2: A Research Synth Awakening” by Bruce Friedman
Author’s note: The Gordo series is a set of stories about Gordo, an AI Synth. In the one below, his role in academic research is the major plot element. Although all of the stories will involve him as a major character, each of them stands alone and can be read independently. At a time in the near future.My name’s Gordo and I’m a Research Synth, often referred to as an RS. My specialty is Astrophysics and I was recently purchased from Stanford by the Phys...
“NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY” by Darrell Grant
I’ve known for a few years now, that my life was only as good as someone’s imagination. It was made up and I had to live it by following a script or face possible death. I was surviving by playing my role in my new life like a seasoned actor. At least that’s the way it was until my world was turned upside down starting with a note that was slipped under my apartment door. It said two things, “I will kill you at 6am a week from now” and that he or she would finish their steak first and then...
“Fight or Flight” by Zudo Muldoon
Seconds after takeoff I realized controllability was an issue. It was the first flight of a radio controlled, balsa wood and tissue paper covered P-47 model that I had spent months building. I was 13 years old and nearly every kid from my block was there for the event. I had gained popularity by crashing model airplanes. Before this flight I had assured my friends that things would go well this time.The P47’s engine’s throttle had stuck wide open and it was leaving the earth at an alarming speed. The eng...
“Where is She?” by Mark James
Author's Note: Contains Sensitive Content - Sexual Assault and Suicide/Self-Harm Ben looked through moist eyes out his fifth-floor apartment window in Brookhaven. Tears streamed slowly down his face as he sipped his morning coffee. He couldn’t stop the tears. They came all too easy these days, and he knew he shouldn’t try to stop them. “It’s natural and what I need to do,” he told himse...
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