Write a story about someone facing death for the first time in their life.
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“The Healing Game” by Marly Smith
I met the devil at a Long Island gas station on a sunny day in December while on patrol. Although much of the events are cloudy, certain things are forever a part of me. My mind functions like a broken record replaying a couple of minutes of the encounter over and over again. His intention was clearly articulated: “I’m gonna fucki...
“2022 Hours” by Laurie Roy
The clock said 2022 hours when the phone rang. It said 2022 hours when the screaming could be heard before the phone was even to the dispatcher’s ear. The hair on the back of her neck stood up and the briefest flash of sorrow crossed her mind. It's not my emergency. She recited the mantra. It gave her comfort.The scream was more animal than human, the feral quality of it brought her pulse leaping before she even knew what was happening. What she did know, before she even said the words "Emergency dispatch,” was that death ...
“A Matter of Life or Death” by Lyric Monroe
Margot thought about her grandmother as the boat rocked from side to side over the river. She thought about the lie she had told her when she left. “I’m just going to visit Leah.” She hoped she would make it back home before the sun rose. “Thanks.” She told the oarmaster as she climbed out. He nodded as silent as he had been during the ride. He pushed off the shore and disappeared over the wate...
“Peace Lily” by Jo .
It was August when they found her, skin pale and lifeless. Her eyes frozen in momentary fear and blood tinting her blonde hair to a disturbing shade of pink. Her death was brutal according to the daily paper, but of course there were no details. Everyone wanted the details; Everyone except me. I didn’t want to think of the strangled screams and pleas of life that she gave, I really didn’t want to think at all. <...
“The Infected Part Two” by Brendan Sanders
FIVE YEARS LATER… The world has changed a lot since I watched my best friend Nick reanimate as one of the Lurkers. The Lurkers are what we’re calling the infected now. With everything that has happened to the world these past fifteen years, the Lurkers have made it somewhat easier to live in, but harder to survive. There are less living people to contend with, but I fear going up ag...
“Death is Only an End” by Daniel Overstreet
You always told me that everything has an end. That you had an end. That I had an end. I didn’t believe you until the day you died. That day stayed with me.Light spilled out from cracks in the clouds attempting to block out the sun, filtering further through the leaves of the trees that towered over us. Butterflies and dragonflies flitted and hovered around us, their gentle hums like music. The grass tickled my arm as I laid by your side, arm around you.“I hope you’re not about to cry,” you whis...
“Reaching” by Gregory Wright
At first the dare seemed simple. It was a cake walk. On a hot summer day on his grandfather’s farm, David and three other boys: Pete his cousin, and two younger boys, nine and six, from the farm down the road, were rolling in the grass, enjoying the hot summer weather and the soft breezes coming over the bean fields, when the allure of the decrepit chicken coop at the corner of ...
“Ambivalent” by Patricia Conroy
[Content Warning: References death, mental illness, minor child abuse, minor violence.] I could easily find my way around hospitals by the time I was 12. I knew every hospital within a 50 mile radius of our house– my mother had spent extensive time in all of them. She was born with a ventral septal defect, a hole in her heart, almost an inch in diameter. Or as my grandmother des...
“The Donor” by Elena Baez
[TW: depictions of death]For the better part of the course, I had presumed the eye sockets to be empty. Where the eyeballs had gone was unclear to me, but I rested in the comfort of not having to stare into them.One autumn afternoon, however, I had dared to peek through the slit between her eyelids. I had become desensitized to the smell of formalin by then. That, and to ...
“My First Dead Body” by Ed Friedman
My First Dead Body “My Aunt Carmela died”. These were Roseanne’s first words when I walked into the candy store where she waited for me. I was 19 and Roseanne was 17. We had been dating for a few months. “The wake is at the Gun Hill Funeral Parlor…tomorrow”. I wasn’t sure why Roseanne shared that detail until I realized she expected me to go with...
“The Blessed One” by AS Hardin
“Will it hurt?” Savia asked leaning into the soft, wrinkled palm cupping her face. Through her tear-laden lashes, she glanced at the heavy oak door expecting it to open at any moment and the dark-robed guides to come and take her away. Though this wouldn’t happen until dawn and in her windowless room, she couldn’t be sure of the time. “Only for a moment, I’m sure.” Her grandmother’s rheumy voice said attempti...
“Time with Grandpa” by Amanda Scopa
This weekend was so exciting. My Grandpa moved in with us. My Mama and Daddy say he is sick. He doesn’t look sick to me. I don’t see any bandaids. He isn’t throwing up. He isn’t running a fever. My Mama said he needed for us to take care of him so he came to stay. Whatever the reason I’m just happy to see him. He seemed sad so I ran and jumped up on his lap. He ga...
“Irezumi” by Lucky Ooog
We pulled up outside the ramen bar we’d been pointed to. Daisuke was driving, Taiyo sat in the passenger seat staring out the window with his headphones in and I sat in the back, trying not to sweat too much. Daisuke tapped Taiyo’s shoulder and nodded toward the restaurant. Taiyo pulled out his headphones, stuffed them in his pocket, and reached for the door handle. His eyes were as lethargic and bored as ever. That’s wh...
“Curious Rescue” by Kate Winchester
She lay limp and almost lifeless. A once comforting, soft, and fluffy friend was now foe, cold and harsh on her face. Despite her best effort, her body just wouldn’t move. Disoriented, Brielle could neither comprehend her surroundings, nor could she recall what happened. Her vision was a camera out of focus, blurry and distorted. A sharp pain radiated throughout her body. Heaviness had befallen her, and she wanted desp...
“Life's a Fleeting Dream” by Christopher Canady-Robbins
Warning: This story contains domestic violence, strong language, abuse, self harm, sensitive topics, and substance abuse.There I stood, staring at an unfamiliar person through the water-stained mirror. The pane of glass was clouded from the spray of tight, wet coils, shaken with the desperate hope that my hair would fall at my shoulders like Aurora's did when she fell into that blissful slumber. I curved a fin...
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