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Layers of rich crimson red folding on one another into a soft puff.Rays of sunbeams shining through delicate petal tips that glow with joy.On the night of my first kiss, I took Madeline from Algebra class out to a little restaurant on the side of a lake. After finishing our dinner, we got up and strolled around the lake, hand in hand. We didn’t dare glance at each other, and we’d sooner jump in the water than open our mou...
Most people have a spark, something that compels them to do the extraordinary. At least, that’s what my professors tell me when I come to them with yet another problem with my midterm project. All this nonsense about “finding a muse” and hey Jordan, have you tried taking a breather and stepping away from the computer for a while? As if any of that advice will help run my game.
“Buy one ...
Elizabeth blew the dust off the lid of one of the boxes she’d found under her mom’s bed. Without thinking she inhaled some of the dust causing her to go into a series of sneezes. She rubbed her eyes as some of the fine powder found its way into there as well.
There was a little guilt as she lifted the lid marked, ‘Once upon a dream’. She’d never snooped around her mother’s things before. They always resp...
Eric Strong was incredibly nervous. He had about a mile walk before arriving at his girlfriend’s place. Tonight was the night, he was going to ask his beloved, Amanda, to marry him. But, he was getting cold feet.
“I need a sign of true love and if that happens then I will ask her to marry me.”
So, he walked slowly, alert, waiting for that special sign that would balance things in the f...
“Are you coming tonight?”It’s the first thing he asks as she walks through the door. The thick faux fur jacket falls from her shoulders as she replies.“Coming where, Eddie?” she sighs, abandoning the fluffy brown jacket on a hanger.They look at each other, questions burning in both sets of eyes. She closes the coat closet door rather loudly and moves to the couch, stilettos clacking against the dark wood floor.“To Lola’s engagement party. I told you about this a week ...
The gramophone buzzed into a faint life after a long and dusty slumber. The recognizable notes fluttered wistfully through the long since forgotten halls which were once a far more grandiose sight to behold. They flickered around her, beckoning her to a distant corner of time and eventually quivered to the ground like dead leaves in the wind. The walls mimicked the cry of the music and the familiar glow of the chandelier...
"Are you coming tonight?" She shuts her book, closes her eyes, and sighs. Just like I knew she would. "I knew it! I knew you'd back out! You promised Micah you'd show, Ives, but you're holed up in here again. Don't you think you should show to one of their parties this term?!"She's glaring at me now. Full Ivy. It's like being looked at by the bleeding sun. "Don't be an arse, Bee. You know I've got that presentation tomorrow afternoon. I have to, you know, psych myself up for it." I tut. "It's true! You kn...
The first chime from the clock tower rang out bright and clear, nearly shaking the walls of Cora’s room so she could feel the rhythm under her feet. Pulling out her phone, she let the voice recorder app suck in the sounds, until she could play them back out her room, just as loud and powerful.
Cora scrolled through her recordings, playing ones of significance, comparing them to eac...
I am looking right at him. I couldn’t believe my eyes. He stood exactly 6’ 2” in line at the coffee shop. He looks a lot younger than I thought. I saw him in a dream or more like in a recurring dream that I have had for the past week. It always starts and ends the same. He looks to be in his late 20s which is good because I am in my late 20s as well. I didn’t think he was real. I still don’t think he is real. Could I be dreaming? Is this another dream and he just happens to appear. Why is he here? I know he is here for coffee, but why is ...
I was fourteen at the time mama told me to pack up all my old toys and clothes and put them in the attic. She had informed that our relatives from the village would come and collect them in the coming months. I had plenty of toys as my mother always tried to keep me busy while she worked most of the times.
I was reluctant to give away my favourite toys so I packed them slowly in their designated boxes. The task w...
"Are you coming tonight?"
Big sigh. Lauren could hear her mother’s voice, “If you’re nice to her, she’ll be your best friend when you grow up!” Only, Lauren’s mother wasn’t talking to Lauren; she was talking to Lauren’s older brother, Ace. Ace was the sibling with the outsized personality. Being Ace’s BFF was always on his terms; his terms were always overwhelming.
Let’s start with Ace’s n...
January 23, 2019
Dear Internet: my name is Will, and I’m looking for a sign.
You see, my girlfriend and I have been together for a while now. Twenty-seven months, three weeks and one day, to be exact. It’s been like a fairy tale; I’ve experienced so many life-changing events. I’ve lost so much and gained so much more. It’s been insane, to say the least.
“Do you believe in love at first sight?”Mercedes heaved a sigh so enormous she bent double. Or, as double as she could with her giant belly crammed inside such a tight dress. “Oh god, wow, could you be any more of a cliche?”“Sure I could. I could tell you that your eyes look like limpid pools or ask you if it hurt when you fell from heaven.”“Gross.” She steered the car around the McDonald’s building, following a trail of cars and SUVs, each pumping gray plumes of toxic gas. She wondered vaguely if the exhaust...
Lagos I must say is a very crazy place. In the event you don't know, Lagos is a state in Nigeria, my beloved country in green and white. It is only in Lagos that the sole difference between day and night is the colour of the sky and the presence or absence of the sun and moon. Otherwise, the city is constantly bustling with activities, the streets are flooded with people. It is, for this reason, it is called the city that does not sleep. Mama will always complain whenever she comes around. She complains about the constant noise of cars ho...
Whatever time of the year you decide to visit it, the café Le Foyer always offers a quaint and relaxing atmosphere. But my favorite season to enjoy their establishment is by far late autumn. That is when they start lighting the immense stone fireplace towering at the far end of the café as an answer to the crippling cold slowly settling in before winter.
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