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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 by Erin D. Traynum Covers the thoughts and influences of a gold digger at the moment when she commits suicide. [1,034 words]
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 Gérard 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]
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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
Pfarfenagle
The Sheriff
The Alien
Vampires
Jealousy
Corrine and Victoria
Destiny
The Death Reader
Early One Morning
Lost Four Words
Lavender Moon
Sweet Angela
Iridescent Imagery
Christmas Shopping
It's Been There...
Burnt Out
Stolen
Tinfoil Memories
A Pang of Pity
The Way It Ends
Miss America
Don't Ask
Obsession
Tales from the Altar
Waves
In the Cards
Billy
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
Locusts
Unconfessed Sins
Rules of Civil Procedure
Do Unto Others
A Stranger Dressed Black
Strike Force - The Reckoning
The Doorway
Coping
Sniper Hunt, A Collection
The Slayer
Some days you're the pigeon...

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DESCRIPTION
A man trapped between two great fears of the unknown, one which he has left behind and one which must face or eventually die...
[916 words]
AUTHOR
Oliver Thomas Coles Brackenbury
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Truly one of the world sexiest aspiring 17 year old writers from Britain who now lives in Canada. Southern Ontario to be a little more specific. Chaos and logic both work in his mind simultaneously to create some fine work and some seemingly random thoughts put on a page. He aspires to work in the field of Marketing to live and writting to keep his mind alive though the dream is to write the next "Seinfeld". Can often be found in the chat room at www.writerswrite.net.
[October1999]
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Oliver Thomas Coles Brackenbury

John decided to check his watch. It read six AM, then again it always read six AM. Like most electronic things John owned it was broken. John noticed the small amount of light around the edges of the airlock's door and guessed that another day had rolled by. For about three days now he had been trying to gather up the courage to go outside, afraid not so much of what he might find but what he might not find.

John reflected how, after his first hour in the airlock, he had decided to seal the other door which led back in with a pocket welder that he had on him before his bravado ran out. He'd managed to weld shut the left side of the door before he broke down and tried to get the door to open. He'd pried, he'd cried and he'd done everything else he could think of but he couldn't get the door to open. Like his watch, the welder had broken and was basically useless now.

All he had to prepare him for the outside was a simple guidebook with a few photographs wedged between the pages. Hoping that maybe they held the courage he needed, John reached deep into his brown leather jackets breast pocket and pulled them out. There were only three photos and they
weren't much use. One hadn't even been taken properly and was nothing but a blurry image of the sun. Another picture was of the right side of a yellow New York taxi . Or at least John figured it was a New York taxi since those words were written along the side in between two black lines. John began to wish he knew what 'New York' or 'taxi' meant.

The third picture was John's favorite. Everything about it was perfect. No glare, perfect focus, no stains, no dogears or anything. But the quality wasn't all that John admired. It was a picture of an eight year old boy asleep in his bed. Starlight shone in from a window above him and down across his bed sheets. The boy was smiling slightly as if in the middle of a wonderful dream. He was clearly comfortable and warm as only his head poked out from under his sheets. The boy seemed either unafraid of or oblivious to all the dangers and troubles of life. John hoped that one day he could know that kind of security John put the photos back in his pocket and decided to look about his surroundings. The airlock was about two and a half meters high with only one meter squared of floor space. The walls were all stainless steel and the only protrusion, aside from the two doors, was a set of cheap halogen lights in the ceiling. Occasionally they flickered and John became afraid that they would go out but so far they had held out, along with his luck. The fear of being in this metal container without any way of seeing was almost as frightening as going outside. Looking about the room again John became bitter at the sheer lack of detail in the room. No paintings, no wallpaper, no mirrors, no ornaments or other decoration, nothing at all. John decided to change that.

With a look in his eyes that can only come from extreme boredom, he pulled a Bic pen out his of pants pocket and went up to the door leading out. John was thinking that he would write something witty on the door, but the pen, had other ideas. No matter how hard John pressed it the pen would not write. In frustration John broke the pen in half, spilling ink on his hands and leaving a small pool on the floor. Upon closer inspection the pen had just been clogged, not empty. Worried that the ink might dry up John quickly crouched down and used his index finger to write his name in the ink. Satisfied that he had left his mark John tossed the broken pen aside and sat down facing the door leading outside with his back resting on the door leading inside.

John decided to leaf through his guidebook for the hundredth time. He flicked tiredly through pages about what plants were safe to eat, why not to drink water that has no dirt in it, how to pitch a tent, how to shoot a gun, how to make a splint, how to use disinfectant etc. etc. etc. John raised the book back in order to toss it away in disgust when a small flyer fell out of the book. John didn't recognize it and was excited at the prospect of something new to read so he put the guidebook down and picked up the flyer. It read "Wal-Mart" along the top.

The flyer showed pictures of many wonderful devices, four-slice toasters, king size beds (John wondered if you had to be royalty in order to sleep in it), Batmantm lunch boxes and more. The flyer went on to claim that these items would "make your life easier". This delighted John, who figured that if people were trying to make HIS life easier then maybe things weren't so bad outside. He stood up, flyer in hand, and turned the large wheel on the airlock door. The door let out a slight hiss and then swung open, allowing light to flood the room. John cautiously stepped out into the light in search of an easier life, in search of Wal-Mart.

 

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© 1999 Oliver Thomas Coles Brackenbury
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
October 1999
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