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The Castle Of Dreams: by Nathaniel A Miller It uses the concept of the times, contemporary Fantasy and the use of a Elvish language u... [5,046 words]
The Daffodil by Vinod Sasidharan A fictious story about a young man.. [682 words]
The Mirage by Vinod Sasidharan A mystery love story of an young scientist working in kodaikanal ... Story Title : ... [3,052 words]
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Ruins by Amit Shankar Saha - [1,644 words]
Nanotech by Susan Brassfield Cogan Alien technology is not for everyone! [971 words]
Carpet, 03.17 A.M. by Maurice Codourey From a series of stories about the town of zurich in the tradition of black humour. And horr... [673 words]
High Altitude by Tony James Sayers This one is an action thrilled, high octane story, yet to get off the ground. [1,715 words]
The Genome Paradox by Armand Waksberg A short story: What else is hidden in the Genome Code? [9,721 words]
Zen And Zoom by Kathy Lafollett When a husband and wife define their life, it's not always parallel, but it is entertaining! [2,437 words]
Wait ! by Buxton - [797 words]
Unwanted Company by Erasmus Flynt - [826 words]
Tribute To Abbie Angel by Allington Kinsley This short letter is for Abbie Angel, the teenager that I met two weeks ago in Toledo, O... [720 words]
Train Tracks by Hayley Burdett This is about a woman, remembering her childhood and coming back to the place where she's spent it... [132 words]
The Year Of The Cat by Maria Lapachet The Year of the Cat is writer Maria Lapachetís first-ever collection of short fiction. The... [1,200 words]
The Sudden Riot by Jannah Akira Are you dreaming? Wake up! [2,982 words]
The Massacre Of Sierra Madre by Kevin Myrick The beginning of a series I'm calling "The Sierra Madre Stories", this is the firs... [3,637 words]
The Man From Sierra Madre by Kevin Myrick The second in the "Sierra Madre Series" with more death and an interesting plot twist... [3,659 words]
The Death Of Smith And Jones In Sierra Madre by Kevin Myrick The next story in the "Sierra Madre Stories" series in which descr... [3,072 words]
The Bus Stop by Hayley Burdett - [209 words]
That Extra S - Mile Ö. by Partha Pratim Majumder - [1,421 words]
Punk Club Saturdays -- A Memoir by Hayley Burdett - [444 words]
Lost Girl by Abbie Angel A true story about a girl who ran away from home when she was 15 years old. It's about me. [1,526 words]
Lost Girl 3 by Abbie Angel Abbie Angel, 15, is still running. This might be my last entry for a while. [884 words]
Lost Girl 2 by Abbie Angel More of my story being lost in a mean world. [619 words]
Lost Chances
Life Is Beautiful - by Vinod Sasidharan This makes u understand why life is beautiful .. [340 words]
In The Beginning by Kevin Myrick The followup to "The Last Two Minutes of an Insane Man's Life", which takes the reader back to... [1,225 words]
Imagine Alone by Mungo Faust - [471 words]
He Grows Up... by Partha Pratim Majumder The story of Monty rotates on the issues of growing up of a boy in the illusion of much hyped ad... [4,098 words]
From Darkness Into Light by Larry Samuel McCrea A first person POV that tells of one man's struggle in a world trapped between a heave... [1,344 words]
Friendship, Oblivion by Skyler Drevan Have you ever had a relationship like this? Have you ever had a friendship like this? I th... [373 words]
Foolish (2) by Malia Harrison A short story. [857 words]
Flourescent Lighting by Hayley Burdett A woman who's mother is stricken with alzhemier's and how she deals with the problem. [287 words]
Engineering An Engineer by Partha Pratim Majumder In the community of contractors enlisted with the government, a newsitem has spread li... [1,897 words]
Boundaries by Stormy It is only natural that we would seek out and discover the borders of our kingdom, for a kingdom it ... [1,178 words]
Blackout-Part One by E Rocco Caldwell A detective that suffers from alcoholic blackouts is hired to discover the affair of a client... [1,140 words]
Baby Shower by Maria Lapachet The Year of the Cat is writer Maria Lapachetís first-ever collection of short fiction. The short st... [1,040 words]
Anastasia by Brotherman A love story, dedicated to my uncle.( im gonna work on it more, however) [3,561 words]
A Young Otters Dream by Mungo Faust Please forgive me this one, it is a bit silly but in my defence,I wrote it for my daughter... [556 words]
A Message From God by Abbie Angel From a runaway girl, inspiration from God? Possibly. [599 words]
Afterimage by J Shartzer An uncle's interesting occupation. [2,274 words]
Will Hunter Plays Golf by Higgins The game of a good golfer deteriorates. [997 words]
Waterworld by Bri Q Brisee The combination of muggy heat and absence of water were reaching unbearible levels in a dusty desert... [1,201 words]
Wanted - Unwanted by Partha Pratim Majumder - [1,891 words]
True Friends by Sapphire Lim About frenz. About frenz arguing and misunderstanding each other. [2,145 words]
Time Ripper by P J Lawton What if a serial killer could jump through time. Maybe he has! [1,459 words]
Thinking About My Father by Kevin Myrick A Sort of Essay/Short Story about the relationship with my father. [979 words]
The Watchers by P J Lawton A young man has a strange encounter and is orderd to keep quiet, after 50 years he finally decides... [1,874 words]
The Tornado Man by Seleta V Johnson A heartwarming tale about a child's faith in God. [1,060 words]
The Letter by Shelley J Alongi Instalment One. A plane crash, a letter, and twenty years of memory cause Alex, a deaf man, and Juli... [5,349 words]
The Great Galactic War by Josh Diodispazio Itís the year 2705 C.E more of the Universe has been charted there are 7 known quadrants... [2,506 words]
The Day The Irish Invaded Canada by Paul McCarthy A story of war, love, and intrigue - based on actual events (5.423 words) [5,418 words]
The Classic Good Guy by Lyss Von Puttkammer - [1,711 words]
That Really BurníS My Biscuits- On Both Sides!!! by Seleta V Johnson A country girlí s look at life [755 words]
Syberg by Lawrence Peters Part one of a science fiction story... [956 words]
Soul Trip by Evelyn Canarvon A fun look at life and what it might be all about. [2,166 words]
Sonnet 35 by Jannah Akira They move to a new house. Hoping to start a new beginning but instead they found that they are not al... [7,152 words]
Prince And The Porch Swing by Seleta V Johnson A heartwarming tale of a little girl and her dog.. [1,064 words]
Power To Live by Buxton - [82 words]
No Crib For His Bed by Seleta V Johnson A very touching and heartwarming story of God's love and miracles.. [847 words]
My God by Ryan Watts A short tale of how difficult it is to get rid of door-to-door salesmen, with an ending that will leave ... [3,894 words]
My Birthday Treat by Mungo Faust - [548 words]
Mums The Word by Alessandra Mace 16-year-old Sky is mortified when her careworker, Jack has to leave for the US for the birth of h... [3,830 words]
Man Undaunted by Matt Brown - [1,883 words]
Living And Leaving by Partha Pratim Majumder The place is a crematorium. The characters are three dead souls leaving the world in disgust... [859 words]
Last Two Minutes Of An Insane Man's Life by Kevin Myrick The story of a man who is insane and has his inner demons leave him af... [914 words]
Killing Rohan by John C Popiel A story of how a man's brother is killed and how he gets revenge. [1,969 words]
In The Womb Of A Bomb by Partha Pratim Majumder Humor sprouts from a real life situation , when at a far off place, a bomb was located in... [2,417 words]
Human Abstract by Skyler Drevan Unusual art exhibit. [4,254 words]
Home At Last by Krista Weiss A short story about a woman's strugle with the transition from single college girl to married moth... [1,281 words]
Future Shock by P J Lawton A young woman gets a glance into the future, can she change her destiny? [1,035 words]
For Love Of Maple Bars by Young Salinger-esque. [1,541 words]
Don't Let Your Horseshoe Hit The Plum Tree by Seleta V Johnson A funny little tale about a country teenager [854 words]
Dake by Jannah Akira Itís really hard to fall in love. When you fall in love, youíll find it so hard to let go. When you have l... [7,220 words]
Cogito, Ergo Sum by Erasmus Flynt - [708 words]
Bird Of Prey by E Marc Coe - [2,585 words]
A Walk Through Town by Cristina Sanidad A story of magical realism. [1,132 words]
Time For A Killing by Gregory Jackson A story of a passion and psychological twist which takes place in a rural town. [2,331 words]
Transform by Reid Bryansmith - [4,892 words]
Trail Of Hope by Matthew Hooper - [1,216 words]
Tony Sayers Ideologies by Tony James Sayers This is an extremly good bit on philosophy, took me 6 years to do, and I'm damn proud of... [5,889 words]
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Theme Of Life by Okkida A short story. [3,072 words]
The Unfortunate Magician by R Campbell A magician learns the true power of magic, and that all is not what it seems. [4,782 words]
The Surprise by Shelley J Alongi This story was given as a speech at a Toastmasters meeting. A little girl, all grown up, reflects... [690 words]
The Mother Of All Birthdays by Skyler Drevan - [1,850 words]
The Earth Fights Back by Armand Waksberg What happens when the earth can't take it anymore. A short story. [2,142 words]
The Chronicles Of A Great Warrior by NeedhamT The twisting turning medieval based story of awesomeness! [3,269 words]
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State Of Consciousness by Reid Bryansmith - [5,567 words]
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Joe's Life by James Mudge Short story about Joe Warner's life. [1,239 words]
Forbidden Goddesses Part One by E Daugherty - [817 words]
Eighth Day by Erasmus Flynt - [1,423 words]
David's Life by James Mudge The story is about a boy named David. Davis is a very athletic person. [744 words]
An Error In Judgment by Valerie J Gawron A story that shows once again that all is not as it seems. [3,590 words]

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"Sounds to me like a cheezy teen sopa opera."
"Lily! That's so mean!"
[850 words]
J Shartzer
[March 2005]
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Afterimage (Short Stories) An uncle's interesting occupation. [2,274 words]
Better With Age (Short Stories) A young couple enjoy their new home, and a barrel of brandy... [1,117 words]
Beyond A Doubt (Short Stories) He was more interested in that strange girl... [2,339 words]
Closet Space (Revised) (Short Stories) A teenage girl learns her father's dark secret... [2,498 words] [Crime]
Hollow (Poetry) - [46 words]
Hoping (Poetry) - [60 words]
Melancholy Polly (Short Stories) A young woman with a bizzare history is deeply affected by her mother's death. [1,579 words] [Horror]
Mind's Shadow (Short Stories) A teenager is engrossed in the search for the reason of his girlfriend's sudden suicide. [8,115 words]
Snowfall (Poetry) A poem about snow. [33 words]
The Artist (Plays) An aspiring artist visits a rich young woman's home. [687 words] [History]
The News (Short Stories) A young woman tells her husband she is expecting. [361 words] [Drama]
Withdrawn (Poetry) - [47 words]
Lost Chances
J Shartzer

I sat cross-legged on the floor in front of Ren's chair, looking up at her into her sad eyes. She ignored me, as she always did, and conversed quietly with Lily and Sandra, who were seated across from us on the couch. The subject was a familiar one.

"How long has it been since he died, Ren? A year?" asked Sandra, succesfully uncovering the painful topic. Ren favoured her with a contemptuous look.

"Good Lord, Sandra," I huffed, rolling my eyes.

"Eight months," Ren said.

"Long enough, I think," Lily miffed. "I mean, I liked Mel too but you have to get on. Look at yourself, that's all you ever put on anymore, sweatpants and a wife beater."

As much as I hated to, I agreed with Lily. It tore me apart to watch Ren let her life slip away from her in front of the television, brooding over things that she couldnít change. She acted as if it were her life that had ended. Everyday I would beg her not to give up hope, but I never get through to her. I rested my forehead on her knee.

"Looks aren't so important," Ren replied defensively. "Maybe I don't like getting all dressed up like some doll everyday, you ever think of that?"

"It's not even really about that, Ren," Sandra said. "I mean, you're so thin these days, you're wasting away right in front of us."

"I eat just fine."

"Yeah, just like you don't sleep all day," Lily retorted.

"What do you want me to do?" Ren demanded. "Run out and find myself another boyfriend?"

"No, we just want you cheer up or something," Sandra snapped.

"Is this all you guys came over for, to badger me?"

"No, itís not," Sandra said quietly. "We came over to help clean up this pig stye you live in now, and maybego out for an ice cream or something. Iím sorry, I donít know why I brought it up. I guess I thought I was trying to help."

Ren pulled her legs to her chest and held them there tightly. "Itís okay, Sandy. Itís just . . . I donít know."

"About what?" Lily said, attempting to be cheerful. "Let's go out into the sun. I bet you miss that don't you? The sun, I mean."

Ren smiled a little despite herself.

"Come on, Ren," I encouraged her. "Get out of the house for a little bit. Quit depressing yourself."

Finally Ren buckled and agreed. "But I do want to straighten up a little bit first. And take a shower."

Lily and Sandra were beside themselves with glee.

"Yes!" Sandra lilted. "You go and get cleaned up and we'll take care of the housework." Ren noddedand lifted herself from her chair. She disappeared inside her bedroom. I took her place in the recliner as Lily and Sandra tidied up.

"You know what," Lily offered,"I know this guy that would be perfect for her."

"I don't think she'd go for that," said Sandra.

"I know she wouldn't go for that, but whatever," I muttered with a sigh, a brief tinge of jealousy flaring up within me for a moment. That was something I had to deal with a lot, the jealousy. Ren was a very beautiful young woman and she attracted a lot of attention, mine especially. Yet I never had hers.

"I dunno, it might work," Lily said.

A few minutes later the small apartment was clean and the girls took a break on their previous places on the couch. I hadn't moved from the recliner.

"So how'd he die anyway?" asked Lily from nowhere.



"He was on his way to pick Ren up for prom," Sandra explained, "and he got blindsided by a couple of kids in a stolen car."

"Wow, that sounds like a cheesy teen soap opera."

"Lily! That's so mean!" Sandra squealed, slapping Lilyís arm. She smiled sheepishly. I sighed again and got up from my chair. I walked over to Ren's bedroom door and stood with my hands in my pockets and my head down. Moments later the door swung inward and I looked up. Our eyes met for a split second. I stepped out of Renís way and let her pass.

"Alright, I'm ready," she said softly. "Let's go."

"Lookit you, all fancied up in your blue jeans and whatnot," laughed Sandra. "Okay, let's head out."

"You go on ahead, I have to get my purse," Ren said.

"Fine, but don't change your mind," Lily said, pointing an accusing finger at Ren.

"Don't worry."

Lily and Sandra left and their talking could be heard from the stairwell through the open door. Ren bent and picked her purse up from behind the recliner and pulled a picture from it. She looked at it for a long while before slipping it back inside.

"I miss you, Mel," she said to the empty room.

"I miss you too, Ren." I said, as I smoothed the wrinkles out of my tuxedo jacket. "I miss you too."



"Well...you had me thinking the guy telling the story was a dog at first but I like it...good work Joshy boy...keep it up." -- Aryka.


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