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Fate. A word that truly depicts the odyssey of life. Life remains a journey of integrity that each breathing person strives through, day after monotonous day. Yet moments of joy can be found even in the darkest of places, as long as one remembers to turn on the light. Unfortunately that was not always as easy as counting to 10.
After stepping forth into the blinding daylight, one would expect the sign of ...
Mr Sermon had reached the Forest ranger’s office 20 minutes early. Being a senior officer in the Brazilian Forest Department, he had been called upon by the headquarters to meet up with the forest ranger, Mr Roger Wilson and address his concerns. The Amazon tropical rainforests and its surrounding tribal settlements had never failed to intrigue him in h...
”Mr. Notka, why are you up here?”
Thea Nootkamp closed the door to the stairway behind her. She needn’t have bothered; the wind rushing over the roof of the building would have done it for her.
The visitor glanced behind him. His suit flapped in the wind. “Ah, the aide. I just wanted to see the city. It has been such a long time sin...
Life is nothing but a collection of memories. Some good, some bad. Some trivial, and some which you can never forget. I was experiencing one such cherishable and most memorable moment of my life: my wedding.
Ever since I was a little girl, I had dreamt of a sunset wedding, on a cliff, overlooking a beautiful canyon. My mother on the other hand had always preferred a tropical wedding on the beach. I used t...
Standing there, Neema had never been more grateful for her name. Neema is a Swahili word that means grace, and if she was a Hindu, she’d be kneeling, thanking Vishu for saving her life. But what about Njenga and Kagz? What in not her God’s name was she going to do about the bodies?
April was a girl that liked to flirt online. Neema was the classic chic tomboy. But...
After all that had happened, the murder, the conviction, the verdict. It seems like it all happened in the blink of an eye. And I almost missed it. But I am getting ahead of myself, my name is Lila Williams. And I am 13 years old. I never thought it would all happen so fast. But wait, let me back up. The first thing that happened in this series of events was I was late for a math test. I know. Such a mundane little detail. All of my friends say that I should make it something crazy like, someone was having an emergency and I had to save t...
The day begins with the radiant sun embracing the earth with its ever-lasting rays. The chilling breeze settles as summer knocks on the door.‘Hey Sam, I need to talk to you,’ Allie phones her best friend Samara.‘Hey, baby girl, what’s up?’ a squeaky voice resonates from the other end of the receiver.‘Are you free right now?’ Allie asks. ‘Yes, of course, I am,’ Samara answers. ‘Girl, I need to tell you something, I don’t know how you’re goin...
March 21, 1957There is blood on the bed. His stomach ripped open, his left eye mutilated, and the side table is lying near the door frame. His wife is bawling her eyes out, and there is a half-empty bottle of whiskey under the bed. The cut on his body shows that he was attacked by a knife, and the incision is so clean almost as if the murderer is an anatomy genius. The mouth of the body is gaping open, and his neck has purple splotches. My friend who is an investigator clicks photos from all angles. W...
Do you ever wonder what life will be like in 10 years?Have you thought about your future?Do you have dreams and wishes to fulfil?Do you have a bucket list that you want to tick off?Well, for Ariel, this is all she ever thinks about. Ever since she turned into a teenager she always wonders what life will be like in her 20s. Her interest lies in what people around her did, for example, her friends making university choices, her cousin moving away to a foreign country, her sister getting marr...
A 30-year-old man drives his white BMW on the main road of Missouri's St. Louis District while listening to music. He switches off the radio with one hand on the steering wheel. Then, as he looks out the window, he leads with his right hand and runs his left palm over the blonde hair on his chin. His brownish-red eyes notice the approaching gasoline hand at "E," so he pulls into a seventeen meters away gas station, gets ...
"Will you honor me, your husband???"Francisco said to Francine."Yes, I will"Francine said to Francisco."Will you honor me, your wife???"Francine said to Francisco."Yes, I will"Francisco said to Francine.These two lovers were finally together holding each other's hands, and their love ignited the flame of the candle once again.So you see...Their endless love for one another was still abundantly flowing.As thei...
For the month of October, my life kinda change so let me take you through this so I was born on 0ctober 31,2004 and my dad was never around I tried asking my mom but no luck it always gets weird so i stopped. It gets even weirder my mom never let me out of the house on Octobers. only on Octobers after the month pass, she is totally normal anyways that just a glimpse of my backstory so it was October 1, 2019 midnight and I...
It ended in silence, as most things do.
It all ended in the brutal, stifling nothingness, with no one there to bear witness. Not even the wind dared to howl, for it knew that there would be nothing left to hear it.
Before, though, there was a gunshot. Ringing out in the cold stale air, the last thing that anyone ever heard.
The cries of that girl. A single girl, laying on the unknown remains of...
The fits had started young. Claire Fontaine was hardly five the first time her world slipped. The doctors had suspected epilepsy, but she experienced some unique symptoms. Her body would seize, but her mind would be transported elsewhere. And she would always see the same girl. Abigail Whitcombe.The first time she saw her, Abigail was also young. But as the years passed, she witnessed Abigail come into her own as a young woman. Abigail founded her own private investigation service focused on helping fairytale characters ...
“How does a kingdom run, with their mighty ruler gone?”
Our revolution started off very small, with only me and five others who were brave enough to speak out against this tyrant.
My name is Azarin Frioster and I started the revolution against King Giakja.
We started in the deep grain fields which we sat in trying to hide ourselves from the world and any soldier who could ...
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