Write about a character breaking a rule, but for good reason.
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“The Capitol: Compromised” by Elizabeth Fenley
“Get a message to Prodigal—Athena blackmailed. Go to ground.” ‘Moses’ ducked quickly into a copse of trees, pulling Felicia with her. “You asked me to meet to deliver a message for you? Jeopardizing all the conductors? Stupidly dangerous. Why Prodigal?” Moses hissed, her face an inch from Felicia’s. “He’s my brother.” Felicia lived and worked inside The Capitol and was an Underground Railroad conduct...
“Follow The Rules” by Lin Darroe
When I was nine years old we lived on a dead end street in rural New Jersey. My Mom worked full time as my Dad had passed away a few years before and was the sole breadwinner of the family. There were four of us and we spent quite alot of time on our own. Back in those days , circa 1965 four or five children was a pretty average number of kids to have in one family . As I can recall many families had 5 children , a...
“A Pencil or a Pen?” by Floyd Lee
John sat alone by the monkey bars. He watched the other 8th graders laughing and running around the playground. They were playing tag. Knockout. Four square. That wasn’t for him. None of it felt like… him. “I’m my own man,” he thought to himself, and no sooner had he said than a mild wave of insecurity rippled through him. Everyone around him always told him to “open up...
“When Fortunes Change” by Salvador Ulloa Jr.
Ned searched frantically around the pool. Maybe he could find enough change to buy an ice cream, at this point anything would help. He stole a quick glance back to where his best friend was sitting wrapped in a towel. Asher was shaking despite the warmth of the day, it didn’t look like he was going to stay conscious much longer. Ned kept up his desperate search, wondering how things could have gone so wrong.****The morning had started just like dozens of other hot summer days. Ned rose from his bed a li...
“Destination: Trouble” by Howard Seeley
I closed my eyes, as I passed through the prison gates. Fear kept them shut, not daring to discover I was only dreaming. Three years behind prison walls had diminished my world to an eight by six jail cell and an open area surrounded by towering walls. To dream something bigger was almost sacrilegious. Not until I felt the cool, fresh breeze brush across my face did I dare to open them. When I did, I found myse...
“Dirt Is Dirt” by E. J. Wilhelm
There is a dog barking. Not the sort of barking that demands play. Not the ‘Look at that! Look at that!’ sort of barking. Not angry barking. Cheyenne has never not had a dog. She knows what those all sound like, whether the dog is big or small, whether it barks like a plush toy or like its trying to shake down the moon. It’s the rapid, high-pitched, desperate yapping of a dog demanding help. She’s never h...
“The Convent” by Mason Mieczkowski
Dawson woke up in the woods. Curled up like a coward under a fallen tree with brush around it. He was good for now. No one was keen to the woods, they hadn’t used them, they were forbidden territory. But for Dawson, right now, the woods were the safest place for him to be. He was exploring them, just in case he needed to run. He crawled through the pickers and picked a few berries off the bush. He had eaten these...
“To Do What Is Right” by Michael McGee
A foreign princess of different race, stood alone in the tower, no one dare approach her.A trophy of war for this kingdom, and a symbol of peace for her own, her marriage to this kingdom’s prince was the unification needed to bring about the end of a bloody war. As she neared the looming door, she could hear the roar of the crowd now gathered in the city square, many of whom had lost loved ones in the bitter fighting and wished to see her dead.As the huge door crashed open, a rush of searing hot air swept past her, almost se...
“Ginny Dietrick and Her Brush with the Law in Gainesville, GA” by Wy Jung
Way back in the 1940's, I vaguely recall getting a ticket for something that had to do with parking. It's been so long ago now that honestly, I've forgotten all other details regarding the incident except that my dear husband Saul (godresthissoul) thought it amusing that I'd gotten so out of sorts about the simple infraction. He'd paid it off immediately with no further comment, though I'd insisted we should contest it. Besides that one unfortunate ticket, in all my 91 years I've steered clear of any trouble with the law. ...until to...
“Puppy Love” by Jessica-Marie Gervais
How in the world can birds be so damn cheerful in the morning? The dialogue from a strange version of one of Nick’s co-workers echoed in the most surreal office building he had ever been in. The chirps gave way to the fire alarm, and he woke in a panic. It didn’t take him long to figure out where the noise came from; grabbing his phone with a frustrated sigh, he swiped his alarm off and muttered,...
“Fate of the Indisposed” by Cat Attack
“I just can’t.” Jerry Thallow, a five-year police officer in Elyria, Ohio, told his comrade. “It’s not what I signed up for.”“It’s exactly what you signed up for, and you know it!” Margaret Rune retorted back. “This is part of being in the police department!” Silence awaited them as they glared at each other. “And you can’t drop out now.” She told him, almost eerily, as he was about to speak. It worked, though, and he sealed his mouth shut, the truth holding back his snarky comments. Jerry had once before been able to s...
“Girl's Lost Dog” by BRAXTON TOOMATH
Sonya is a 12 year old girl, an only child white hair freckles on her face. She is five feet two inches tall. “That took forever,” I said, panting “where you were,” my mom said with a soft smile. “I... I was at the park”, I said trying not to smile “ok uh I gotta go do homework bye.” I rushed to my room leaving a dust trail behind me. I got in my room and locked the door phew, Tap Tap what was that? It was my snotty 6 y...
“Telling Touch” by Deanna Badgley
TW: Story alludes to violence but does not contain any explicit content. The restaurant was relatively quiet for a Wednesday night. I keep a personal, standing reservation at this local Italian place I’m really into right now. Ever since I moved here, I've kept up this tradition, changing the restaurant after a year or so of patronage. Regardless of what’s going on in my life, I always like to ...
“From the Cupboard” by Christopher Cayen-Cyr
“Peter! Have you forgotten about the Green Rule?”The pupil froze on the spot the very second Mrs. Soloway raised her voice, stopping midway between the door and the teacher’s desk as all of his classmates directed their inquisitive stares towards him. He might as well have been a frail, hopeless leaf caught in a sudden winter storm, hammered to the ground by the merciless weight of the snow falling from the skies.Truth be told, her tone had been kind and nurturing. One might even say playful. Had her wo...
“Sins of the Father” by Kieran Conway
Sins of the Father “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been...waow, years since my last confession,” the man said, that fact obviously just dawning on him. A short, throaty chuckle from the listening side of the confessional reminded him of a department store Santa. “I’m not here to judge,” the priest said. “I’m just the middle...
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