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Can you keep a secret? Five simple words. This innocent question, posed as it was by a king, caused Daedalus untold grief. He had answered in the affirmative and remained true to his word, yet still King Minos had imprisoned him so that he may never speak of the monarch’s monstrous secret. The injustice of it burned Daedalus, but his true lament was reserved for his fellow captive – his son. The boy was just as innocent of wron...
The impact drove the breath from her and for some moments the only thing she was capable of doing was gaping. Her body clawed for breath and her fingernails tore in the dirt below her until she was able to take her first, ragged breath. She lay there, taking rasping, greedy gulps of air for a minute or so more. Behind her, the light in the middle of the Gate dwindled to a spark and then, without any fanfare, winked out of existence. Alisha’s lungs gradually realised that there was nothing hind...
Don’t think about before. Never think about before, it will break you. Avoid the memories and resist the impulse to indulge in them. Forget the kind faces and small shops where everyone knows you. Forget the strange foods and smells beside the road, whether good or bad.
Remembering these things will leave you empty.
Empty is bad.
Empty will leave you broken.
Fact: Crying on ...
One.The blue truck rattled from side to side. In the truck bed, a boy sat curled up behind the wheel well, dust in his red hair and cracked slices on his cramped hands. The pockmarked gravel road stretched out behind the bouncing truck, and the sun glimmered through the white limestone, up into the boy’s eyes.He kept his mouth closed, even when the truck flung up sharp bits of gravel to cut his hands. The sun burned across the south plains, a...
I have never seen weathers become so dark in my life ever,there was not even a ray of hope. When I was a child,I used to think that one day I will become the most famous and richest person in this world.I was living a mediocre life with my small-town world. It's obvious that if you are from small-town then all the richy-rich articles attracts you. Because you have a tag of lowclass, your parents encourage you to think big and dream big.As I was a obedient child, I was just following them. Due to their philosophy of think big...
You have been put on a path, on a road. The only difference between this road and the common used ones is that the scenery is moving forward, and it does not care what you do.
Now let’s say you got tired and you stop, the scenery around could not care less. While you stand there, the surroundings are pulling you into this hole of ...
You can be standing in the middle of a surprise farewell party but still feel alone. Surrounded by people you won’t see for a long time, all of them grateful for the sacrifice you’re making. The impending loneliness used to keep you awake at night, but your training has taught you to embrace it.
The view beyond the port side window is sprinkled with pinholes of light floating on a sea of dark matter. The stars loo...
In the night, the streets in the village of Gangadevipalli are so bright.
Currently half the houses in the village doesn’t have lights switched on, as they are sleeping.
And half the houses in the village are having lights switched on, as some people are watching TV shows, and some are farmers - doing early preparation for tomorrow’s work in the fields.
It is 10 pm now, the power goes off. When the p...
“NO, PLEASE STOP!”
Several hours before the incident
“Hey, Nancy!” I turned around to see Gerald walking towards me.
“Hey, Gerald! What’s up?”
“Peter and Quinn say we’ll arrive at Plutarius in 10 minutes”
When he stands next to me he looks out the same small window I’m looking at and
Says,” Beautiful isn’t it?”
“It sure is!”
We’re both looking ou...
"C'Mon Johnny, toss me that three quarters," Marshall said.
“Ok Marsh, hurry up man let’s get outta here." Little John replied.
"Not till I got this screw loose, buddy."
In his mouth, Marshall clenched down on a bowie knife. His tongue traversed the edge of the blade. He had gotten it from a dusty old man when he was just 16 years old. John tossed up the wrench. Marshall grabbed ...
In this world, only two people matter.There’s you—to be referred to only as such, because Maya won’t call you anything resembling “Dad.”And there’s Maya, who is your everything.Maya will now take the lead, because she always takes the lead. But bear in mind that your role in this has left just as many scorch marks, if not more so.🚀The only thing that could ruin Captain Maya’s day is an asteroid field. It looks l...
THE BLOCKED OUT BLACKOUT
BY: MAVERICK COTSEN
The command center is buzzing at 3:00, with coffee and aspirin on practically everyone's desk, as the center works around the to monitor the Super Durable Space Defender(SDSD). The station is the home of the Universal Shield Generator (USG), the shield that protects earth from asteroids, meteors, and most importan...
There were giraffes in the woods. Georgia had heard them moving and talking to each other with their giraffe voices. She’d nearly seen their spotted necks. Nearly. She would see all of them soon.
Georgia put the pencil end in her mouth and bit the metal circle that held the eraser to squeeze more out. The soft metal yielded to her teeth, and when she pulled it out, pink rubber stuck out of the mang...
Elevation to perceived perfection is impossible. To please the masses is an impossibility. This is the concentration of my contemplation as I walk into the elevator. Up I go. Where? Unsure.
on an elevator
I like to consider myself elevated, I think to myself. I think back on all the times I was stuck. Stuck; like...
Rocky Mountain Low
Pain screamed through my muscles with every step and sang its way through my leg bones like vibrations through the finest crystal. If they shattered, like I felt they must, it meant death. A slow, uncomfortable passing from this land of stark beauty to the next...
A naughty boy was set on a mission to turn off all the city lights. He was fearless and ready to show Xavier’s civilians that he wasn’t afraid to do the worst. On the planet he was born on, there was no sun. The only power source was from electricity invented by scientists. The civilians were careless and badly took advantage of the source they were given. With electricity invented, people harmed the environment and animals declining in biodiversity. But no one cared. After all, the only thing that mattered was humanity. Ever since the bo...
It was a great ship.
It was a generational ship.
It was mankind’s last chance for survival.
But more importantly, it was home. So if it’s home, why am I so afraid?
I awoke to dark crew quarters, feeling a cold that was so brutally frigid, the cryo-sleep capsule had frost on the translucent cover, which made the world around me appear opaq...
“Dammit Emilio!” I screech into the darkness, a bleak breed of anger-edged fear cutting through my words. “What’d you do this time?”
I hear the stubborn pilot snap off a series of broken excuses somewhere to my left, hear his fingers running across the controls— thankfully he’s wired to practically play that panel in his sleep but speed’ll only do us good if quick results are what follow it.
It’s black a...
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