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Cold-Eyed Triage Nurses In High-Heeled Boots by Angel Obregon Forced into a Lesbian encounter in the fitting room. [Rated R] [2,527 words]
The Way To Bet by Angel Obregon The horrible result of reading a book called The Pleasures of Probability by Richard Isaac. [1,035 words]
...And Everything Goes Black by Darcy K Metz A nightmarish story about a young man, two taxi drivers, and one unforgettable wom... [2,517 words]
The Winds Of Change by Darcy K Metz This is the first short story I wrote based on characters in a novel I tried writing when I... [7,246 words]
The Trouble With Carla by Darcy K Metz This story follows a previous one, "The Winds of Change." This story is more of a horror... [4,905 words]
A Jennifer Love-Affair by Darcy K Metz A completely false story of a treeplanter from Vancouver who meets and falls in love wit... [3,869 words]
The Wicked Witch Of Creative Writing by Gary Donnelly Non-fiction/fiction. [1,418 words]
Dark Rebirth by Kerry L. Schofield Dark Rebirth is the story of a man named Senwick, who inherits on the death of his mysterious aged... [7,117 words]
Satan Smiled by Albert Davis - [3,737 words]
The Fourth Floor Landing by J. Michael Kearney A young firefighter recounts how a pompous Captain finally got his wish. [6,364 words]
Forever And Always by Virginia A. Sheppard A young woman is tormented by a decision she must make. Her four year old daughter lies help... [1,567 words]
Spring Break by Arlene Mason Another adventure for Keith Richardson, Private Investigator. This time his vacation is interupte... [4,784 words]
Hidden Reality by Lisamarie Jones Christina's lunch-break is not quite as it seems. [736 words]
Autumn Wind by Dorothy Getchell About an old man who must learn to deal with his wife's death. A very sad but moving story, if I m... [1,461 words]
Art Lovers by M J Martino A Guardian Angel's simple manipulation of fate allows two soulmates to meet for the very first, and ... [2,481 words]
There Be Dragons by Scott Jones A young couple on an afternoon jaunt get more than they bargained for. [1,809 words]
The Empty Bay by Alex Empire [461 words]
On The Other Side by Lisamarie Jones This is a story about a young girl who is tired of being pushed around. She takes matters int... [1,134 words]
The Witness by Thomas J Misuraca A Kafka-esque story in which a man finds himself and his loved ones in danger if he reveals informa... [2,244 words]
The Perfect Kiss by A Shockley A teenager wonders about the word "Love." She begins to believe that what she has heard about... [1,959 words]
The Running Man by Eric Allen Written for freshman English class, to explore the concept, meaning, and definition of heroism.... [1,091 words]
Come Back, Mr. Mojo Risin' by Noel Dolan Kennedy James lost her beloved brother in the Vietnam War. A year later she sees leg... [4,245 words]
God's Messenger by Tom Di Roma About the influence an elderly gentleman has on the patrons of the diner where he has been froz... [5,970 words]
The Good Gun by Russ Bauer A lone women prepares to leave a city falling into chaos. She also has to protect herself from som... [1,564 words]
A Day In Dell by Barbara Villarreal Old west setting... good vs evil. [1,969 words]
My Boy's Best Friend by Melissa Allen About a girl who can't stand her boyfriend's bestfriend and then one day she finds out she... [4,020 words]
Music To My Ear by Melissa Allen About a girl who cannot stand a guy and then she has to sing with him in her band and realizes ...
It's A Wonderful Life by Jennifer M Haynes The story of a man surviving (and wishing he hadn't) a nuclear war. What happened before ... [1,950 words]
The Jigsaw Puzzle by Jennifer M Haynes A teenager tries to free himself from the sickenly perfect town he lives in, to make it into ... [1,084 words]
A Teen's Diary Entry by Rachel Elaine Reeves A teenager writes a diary entry after driving drunk and killing four people. Her chilling... [295 words]
Sticks by Charmaine L. Glass With the help of an overweight classmate, an underweight girl finds her hidden courage to overcome teasi... [877 words]
Always With You, A Collection by Toni Jaquay Lynch Always With You - It's a story of undying love. [514 words] I Will Feel It - It's... [149 words]
The Big Bang by Darcy K Metz A short short about a man who meets himself. [196 words]
Escape To Samsun by J A Melody A tale of three comrades, chartering their epic path to freedom, and to escape the horror that... [2,450 words]
Haul Out The Holly by Jennifer L O'callaghan This is a holiday story I wrote for a writing class, inspired by what my sisters and I call... [2,087 words]
Warriors' Mired Blades by Daniel A. Souers A true medieval and inspiring masterpiece that brings the reader within the mind of a gr... [1,799 words]
Fake Reality
Through The Window by Erin D. Traynum This story is about a nine year old girl who is being sexually abused. [1,211 words]
Florence by Gťrard Ducasse A rather banal love story. [762 words]
Deposit Three Billion Dollars For The Next Two Minutes by Angel Obregon This is the horrible result of watching 3 X-FILES re-run... [2,931 words]
Quarter Of A Century by Drexler McStyles This short story is an obscene tale of insanity and excessive drug use set in Las Vegas. [4,084 words, Rated R]
Destroy The Link by Jennifer M Haynes Story of a girl who comes home from school to find things are wrong, and then realizes that sh... [3,333 words]
Packed With Peanuts by Jennifer L O'callaghan This is a flash fiction piece I wrote for a writing class about an attempted late night sna... [731 words]
Bovinza by Duane A Wood/Caveman A 12 year old boy has a peculiar, reoccuring dream about, of all things, a cow. To discover its meaning... [898 words]
Shear Trouble by Addison Gast A short story. [514 words]
Blues In The Closet by Victoria King Angel Obregon submitted this for Victoria King who is operating without the Net in mor... [3,998 words]
Checkout Time by Louise Friedman It's a tale of too young, self destructive, certifiable girl who married a slug and allowed him t... [1,664 words]
A Quarrel In The Forest by Darcy K Metz An argument between a cedar tree and a stone resolves itself after much time. [161 words]
Remember The Bubbles by Dana Drew The story of an elderly man rekindling his youth with the help of a playful child. [623 words]
The Mistake by Kavan Tate drama of a boy's decision gone wrong [504 words]
Mike and Sadie Mae by Judith Z Marrs Short story. [4,038 words]
A Work of Art by Roy L Pickering Jr The tale of man who feels trapped in the merely serviceable existence he believes he has settled ... [3,944 words]
Elizabeth by Christine Dorothea-Maris A short mystery story about a widow, taken in by her late family's husband in the late 1890's, who ha... [255 words]
Home by Matt Matics This short story (or possible beginning to a longer piece) is ostensibly "about" a boy returning home from... [3,299 words]
Cold Wind by David H. Paniagua The short story of three soldiers who've deserted the battlefield of WWI, only to discover they've be... [1,345 words]
The Fortune Teller by Michael J McGrath A group of friends encounter a mysterious fortune teller who changes lives. [975 words]
Transition by Oliver Thomas Coles Brackenbury A man trapped between two great fears of the unknown, one which he has left behind and one which mus... [916 words]
Yasha Tafipolsky by S Lichtenstein A story of the Russian Revolution, its effect on the people, and the struggles of the Tafipols... [8,644 words]
Twenties by Larry D. Griffin Flash Fiction [668 words]
Tiki's Revenge by Edward L Wier A short-story of a lesser god's dwindling popularity in the spirit world. The Christians and t... [8,078 words]
Outlaws by M H Doty It is a irreverent piece about falling in lust in a beautiful tropical town with an outlaw-type guy! [2,500 words]
The Cake in His Pocket by M Betette A dark comedy about a very disfunctional and very happy family. [850 words]
Blue Dog Days by W Delaney This short story is about an ex-politician turned political writer named John Gerrick. The story ... [2,000 words]
The Doona Drag, A Collection by S Lichtenstein The Doona Drag - A humorous look at the plight of modern middle-aged man, coping w... [650 words]
The Girl in the Ocean by Edward D Adams Two women are dead and only one man cares about finding out who did it. In catching the ... [4,300 words, Mystery]
(Un)Faithful by P D Woo How do you forgive someone you love? What if you'd betrayed them before and they'd forgiven you? W... [1,050 words]
Leaving by Murray Evans Leaving home for not just a new country, but a new world. [4,050 words]
The Perfect Joke by J A Young A dark and funny slice of life detailing a boy's search for perfection. [1,800 word]
Bazaar by W I B R Smith This story was inspired (very) loosely by an incident which happened to me in college, back in 1991, whe... [5,500 words]
Age Before Beauty by Mary Ann Savage Women get bored and restless in some of these apartment complexes. Even old ladies. Let the g... [1,900 words]
Weeds by Mary Ann Savage This is not really about flowers, not really about love. [1,350 words]
Adult Bookstore by Sal Morano Experiencing frustration and stress, a reformed porno junkie comes face to face with the urge t... [4,500 words]
The Magic Ball
The Beast
The Sheriff
The Alien
Corrine and Victoria
The Death Reader
Early One Morning
Lost Four Words
Lavender Moon
Sweet Angela
Iridescent Imagery
Christmas Shopping
It's Been There...
Burnt Out
Tinfoil Memories
A Pang of Pity
The Way It Ends
Miss America
Don't Ask
Tales from the Altar
In the Cards
Looking At Me
The Gift
Suspension of Disbelief
Bingo Blood
The Belief
Aunt Rose's Revenge
Lytle Creek Trek
Utter Untruths
Protect and Serve
The Figure
The Last Tenant
Into the Knight
Salugi at Starbucks
The Parent Hunt
The Last Laugh
Mother's Day
The Cop
The Red Eagle
The Grand Old Party
Lacy and the Bear
Unconfessed Sins
Rules of Civil Procedure
Do Unto Others
A Stranger Dressed Black
Strike Force - The Reckoning
The Doorway
Sniper Hunt, A Collection
The Slayer
Some days you're the pigeon...

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Fake Reality
Covers the thoughts and influences of a gold digger at the moment when she commits suicide.
[1,034 words]
Erin D. Traynum
Erin is a person obsessed with writing. She has finally come to enjoy the passion that has been with her since she wrote her first poem at the age of four. Recently she began to write fiction. These are my first tries at short stories and fiction, I used to write poetry but for some reason I don't feel very poetic anymore, but I decided to put some of my past poetic works here also.
[December 1999]
[email protected]
A Night Of Love Making (Poetry) Just a poem. [35 words]
Conformity (Poetry) About the pressures that I feel toward conforming to society and its views. [102 words]
I Look Quickly Away (Poetry) A poem that I wrote when I first kissed my current boyfriend. [115 words]
Life's Course (Poetry) Just about the pressure of living. [260 words]
My Unavoidable Hell (Poetry) Can't really explain, would appreciate any feedback that you would like to give. [89 words]
Plight, A Collection (Poetry) Plight - The description of how I lost the gift of poetry. [138 words] The Hunt - Anger and consequently the violence of a young mother at her husband for not living up to his responsibilities shows t... [379 words]
The Attack Of Love (Poetry) (For Kantrell Who Gave Me The Title) The experience of living and fulfilling the purpose of life - love. [88 words]
Through The Window (Short Stories) This story is about a nine year old girl who is being sexually abused. [1,211 words]
Fake Reality
Erin D. Traynum

The blood is beginning to make a puddle on the floor. I look at it, and am awe struck that my body holds so much of it. I look at my wrist, at the hole that the blood is running away from.

Unlike other people who have tried to kill themselves, I know many different ways to do it. You can take a syringe and inject air into your bloodstream to stop your heart. While at the swimming you can inhale deeply after you dive into the pool. You can take a combination of common medications that would kill you. Of course you can do the three commonly used methods: jumping off a building, shooting yourself, or cutting your wrists.

Some people canít even do that right. They might jump off a building from the fourth floor and only cause their bones to break. Theyíll shoot themselves in the wrong places instead of putting the gun inside of their mouth. They never cut the wrists in the right direction- vertical instead of horizontal, to completely sever the veins.

I know what Iím doing. Iíve been planning my death for years. Since I was about eight years old. Iíve always been to scared to do it. Always ashamed that I think such things. I wonder what my mom would have said back then if I had told her. It would probably have been something like ďI love you so much, donít do itĒ and all the rest of that crap that she says. The crap that I could easily surrender to.

I want to cry saying that. Iím so mad at myself. Iím too sensitive. I think that God made a mistake putting me here. Iím too weak. Not strong enough to stick up for myself, or tell everybody what Iím thinking, but I donít care anymore. Cause itís all about to be over.

I wonder whoís gonna be at my funeral. I know Mom will. I wonder how much sheís gonna cry- if she cries. Mom might cry her ass off trying to look like such a caring mother. In reality sheíll probably be happy Iím not here enduring anymore suffering like her. Maybe sheíll be happy about my death since she wonít have me to worry about anymore.

I want to be cremated, but I donít know if Mom will do what I want done. Iíve told her plenty of times to cremate me when I die and throw my ashes in the wind so I can travel the world and be free. She always looks at me strange and says, ďThen I wonít be able to come and visit your grave.Ē Sheís so selfish. Canít even give me what I want when Iím dead.

Iím starting to feel weaker now. I can hear my heartbeat slowing down. I can feel it coming. Let me lay down so I can rest. I feel tired.

Mom is so selfish. One of the most selfish people I know. Sheís fake too. Always trying to be like someone else. She doesnít know what itís like to be yourself. She only knows how to act tough or how to try to look cool by smoking weed and drinking vodka. Maybe if she had been real we both would have been different. Maybe if she had waited for a few years before having me she would have been ready to show me what it was like to be me. Show me what it was like to be a real person instead of a fake one.

Marry for money. Thatís one thing I learned from her. Men are only for money and sex and helping to raise the kids that you get from the sex you have with them. Trapping men financially will help you get their money. Put the bills in their name. Make him co-sign for everything. When he isnít looking take his checks from his wallet, cause men are forgetful about their money. Especially when you flash your ass in their face and give them the only thing they ever think about.

I used to think she was so cool. She had everything she wanted. She knew how to get anything because she was so smart. I wanted to be just like her. Unfortunately, I am.

Levi left me because Iím like her. Cause Iím selfish with everything that I have. Except the pussy. Canít be selfish with pussy or you wonít get the things you want.

He was real. Knew himself and everything. Knew what he wanted in life, what kind of person he wanted to be with, where he was going to end up. At first I didnít want to pay him any attention. He was too smart. Youíre supposed to stay away from the smart men. If they showed any restraint against the womanís weapon, they were not what you are supposed to have. They are someone elseís- the stupid woman who only thinks about love.

I let my fakeness slip away when I met him. When I first saw him, something came over me. Maybe it was love, cause it wasnít lust, maybe it was just him- the way he smiled and moved, the way his spirit called out to me.

He made me see how hard it is to be fake. He told me I should stop being someone Iím not, told me to call him when I could be a real woman. I cried over him, the only person Iíve ever shed tears for.

I decided to liberate myself from the fakeness. The only thing inside of me that isnít fake is the suicide thoughts. Liberate myself from the fakeness, thatís what I was going to do, and here I am, watching blood flow from a perfect cut on my wrist.

I see a brightness thatís blinding me. People are all around, after looking at me they leave. Guess Iím not good enough for them. Got to sit here by myself, learn to be me, to be real.

I close my eyes and search for it, relaxing my body inside the brightness. Iíll probably be here for a while. I hear it takes a lifetime to learn who you really are. I have all the time I need.



"It really reads like a suicide note. Erin either has the great ability of giving her characters a voice, or she's suicidal. I hopes its the previous, I'd like to read more of her work." -- Tim.


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December 1999

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