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Lavender hated the cold. She especially hated the cold when there was snow on the ground, and today the snow would not relent. Despite this, she showed up to work on time. As she placed her food in the fridge her mind wondered back to the night before. Her girlfriend, Victoria, wanted a child. She had made a stew for dinner. And all Lavender could think about while Victoria was talking, was how chewy the mystery meat in ...
Henrietta was the youngest daughter of the Lovett’s, born the 7th child on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year. She was the only daughter to survive past her teen years. Her older sisters succumbed to many methods of death: one was beaten by her drunken husband, one had died from hypothermia in a row house, one had died from a factory accident. Henrietta survived despite all odds, a curse seemed to linger on the Lo...
The winter is literally stinging my eyes, it appears to be that the winds are carrying arrows with them. The fog has blinded me everything seems to be swallowed by white blanket. Have I lost the path to the village or I travelled myself further in the black forest. Suddenly I heard a rustle behind me, is it a bear?Jesus Christ I don't have my gun with me, I slowly turn my horse to face the predator. There is no one there then, what was the noise about?In the dense fog I see a slight outline it is a man on a horse, and was ap...
When Jeremy asked Christy to marry him, she shouted yes as loud as she could. She absolutely was sure he was the man that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. He was muscular and super good looking but mostly because he was a good kind man and treated her like a princess. But when they set a date and started to plan the wedding, she started having second thoughts. She loved Jeremy with all of her heart but she just didn't know if she wanted to spend her life being married to a firefighter. She worried so much because he was ofte...
I can’t wait for this class to be over! Mr. Smith is especially chatty about molecular something or others today. Science is my worst subject. I just wish I could drop out and focus on my art. Smith looked my way and scoffed.
“Harper! You looked at that clock ten times within the last few minutes! You clearly have somewhere urgent to be after school today. I wil...
It was a regular Monday morning, I was getting ready for school. I did my usual stuff, you know, the basics. I patiently waited for the clock to strike 8, and when it did I hopped into my station wagon, and drove to school. As I was pulling out my neighbor Stella was pulling out at the same time and we almost collided, but of course I wasn't on my phone not paying attention so I slammed on the breaks before we ...
Peter found himself wandering the shoreline after his meeting. There had been attacks along this stretch of coast as of late and Peter had come with the general in charge of Sea border defense, to assess the situation. They’d wanted to get the lay of the land and meet with the locals in the area.He’d never been to this part of his kingdom before, he’d just never had the time as a prince. He had been trying to make an effort to see his lands as king, but after his coronation three years ago, he’d just never gotten around ...
It figures I wouldn’t be dressed when I met my soulmate.
That came out wrong.
I mean I was wearing this old, dirty hoodie and some sweatpants because I was sick the last few days. Snuggled up on the couch watching church because for some reason in a pandemic they don’t like you sharing a common cold around. The house was warm, the fire downstairs going strong, I had a blanket, life was good. I lo...
My parents are very overprotective. And that is an understatement. They think they have to protect me from the world. They believe that school is the only thing that is important, and that’s that. I think their greatest fear was me getting a boyfriend. I know this because they have lectured me about it countless times. “Boys are just a distraction,” they said. “Boys will keep you from getting a good education,” they said...
The feeling of his callused hands carrying my fragile body is a memory I will never forget.
1.....2.....3.....open. The old elevator door slowly splits and reveals busy bodies walking around with coffee and papers. The wrong floor, I say to myself frustrated. I look at the buttons and realize I pressed the wrong button. I sigh and push the right button aggressively. The elevator door is about to close a...
What if you were given a choice? You, or the one you love? What would you choose; live in a world without the person you treasure, or die knowing that person was safe? Some of us could not make that choice instead we would try to make sure we both made it out alive. Not all of us are capable of making the hard choices.
I love you.
I meant those words when I said them to h...
Bang. Crash. Boom! Screaming coming from across the hall. Firefighters yelling "GET OUT!" I stopped for a moment to think about what was going on, it was only 9 o'clock in the morning and it was my 5th anniversary! My husband already left for his first day as a first responder, and I was getting ready for work. I hurried out of the shower. Soap in my hair and water dripping from my feet. I dash to the window only to see...
Abbie walked into Crestview High School, ready for another day of note-taking and humiliation. She hurried to her locker, her head down. Once she got there, she popped it open without using the combination. She swung it open, and shoved her backpack into it, taking all her books out. She went to close the locker, and glanced at the inside of the door. She stopped cold. Written in red, bold letters was the word “dyke.” Sh...
(Author's Note: Suicide)Well, I’m officially non compos mentis. In other words, I’m insane, unstable, crazy, or just plain mad. However, I prefer the Latin word. Insane sounds like I’m a serial killer, unstable makes me think of my legs coming off, crazy suggests my appearance is scientist-looking and frizzy-haired, and I envision mad to be screaming uncontrollably and making a frenzy of things.
In the breezing weather of California, sat Josephine with her lover Jack. The Crape Myrtle tree sat in a full bloom, with the florets toppling on them. To add more studs to this glamorous aura, the moon or rather the full moon blushed forward to make it the perfect scenery for anyone, especially two lovers. The chilling winds, added more ambience and make Josephine tuck together with Jack in a single stranded blanket.
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