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A Streetlight Story by A Panos A very depressing story. Don't judge it by that though. The ending is up for interpretation... [2,216 words]
The Small Black Object by Michael G Barbieri A soldier in a battle fatally wounds an enemy, only to realize the family his opponent l... [1,256 words]
Wine And Owls by Zdravka Evtimova A woman is left by the person she loves. her reaction to that. [2,804 words]
We Attack At Dawn! by Gregory J Christiano Toward the end of WWII, an army platoon encouters German resistance. [1,391 words]
The Wars Of Belfast Part 1. by Sasu A story about a city searching for hope through war, based in the late eighties. Co... [1,221 words]
The Final Statement. by Bradley Grimes A man about to be executed makes his final statement. [1,221 words]
The Braided Belt by Michael Lowell A man learns about love and its loss one summer. [501 words]
Stranger Underneath by Keivn Luk Have you ever heard the sound of heavy breathing? Imagine it, the noise of someone or somet... [1,123 words]
Shadow Walker by Albert Davis This is a short story for the warrior in you or anyone, the mentality needed to be a destroyer an... [837 words]
Scenes From A Memory by Michael Armstrong Stefan Kaufmann reflects on his past. [1,064 words]
Nunnada'utsun't'yi - The Trail Place Where They Cried by Desi Williams It is about a white girl and her father during the 1800s ... [1,675 words]
Nothing But Touch by Rae Haven't had inspiration lately, so I picked ten random words and wrote around them. [239 words]
Melanchony by Vodka Ryuki Mint The title says it all. [620 words]
Lottery Ticket by Kid Mercury A man goes on a quest in search of the unthinkable: a hot date. [2,658 words]
Life Is Full Of Virtues by Brodie J Hughes Read the title again. [226 words]
His Wings by Vodka Ryuki Mint I've always dreamed of this scene, don't know why, somehow it gives me an indescribable feeling. not ... [553 words]
Here Today, Gone Fishing Pt.1 by Sullivan Of The Sea A little after-drug-deal excitement. [1,105 words]
Fixing A Broken Heart. by Keivn Luk What you seek is hidden in the shadows. [234 words]
First Meeting by Charity B Baez Erotic tale of a man and woman who met online, and are meeting face to face for the first time. [2,501 words]
Fading Away With The Rain by Desi Williams I wrote it based on the cover of "Fallen" by Evanescence. [137 words]
Fade Away by Vodka Ryuki Mint About a father and a son. [650 words]
Drop Dead Gorgeous by James C Bernthal A very light-hearted horror short. [875 words]
Discovering Truth by Kelley Rose This is a story about a girl who tries to find the truth about her sister's death. [5,089 words]
Anthropomorphia by Jeff Hunt A short story about people and animals. [1,754 words]
And You Thought Today Was Going To Be A Good Day by Michael Spiegel A day in the life of a very strange indvidual, written in 1st ... [4,840 words]
... And She Would Tell Her Story by Animesh Kar A fairy tale with a twist! [1,915 words]
Alexander Khri'pher by Draco Streaver As a young child, a Bengal tegal looses his father/mentor in a battle to save their village... [26,332 words]
A Soul Sold For Ten Seconds Of Heaven by Lithium - [479 words]
A One Night Stand by Animesh Kar A young single working lady and a piece of her mind. [4,101 words]
10:34 by Danielle You describe it. [276 words]
The Teen Girl Suicide Story by Riot This is satire. Keep that in mind. [575 words]
The Sob Story
Walking The Road by Keivn Luk Two strangers, with no recollection on how they got there meet each other in a strange place w... [2,166 words]
Unexplained by Trax A man and his dog go on a walk they will never forget.... [430 words]
Undefined by Josh Anderson What do you tell yourself when you don't know the answer? [408 words]
The Way Life Is... by Vanessa Moya - [285 words]
The Radical. by Amit Shankar Saha - [589 words]
The Lady And The Train by Michelle Lynn Clements A tragic short story about a woman running away from her husband and troublesome daughte... [1,980 words]
The Closing Of The Eyes by Steve Deutsch A man has to overcome his fear and destroy a part of his life. My first real descriptiv... [1,175 words]
The Assassin by Susan Brassfield Cogan What lurks in the chill of the night? [440 words]
Sue Aside by Andy Kim May not be suitable for children. [255 words]
Step Three by Steve Deutsch A boy sets up his camera and wants to tell his story. This is the beggining. [657 words]
Slipping Away From Me by Josh Anderson The 7th part of Serra's swamp, suspense filled, and back on track… I hope. Theres another... [1,145 words]
Self Defense by Naya Renee A'Janae is a young mother caught in a relationship she can't seem to get herself out of. Determine... [5,202 words]
Q by Don F Vaccarino A story about the man who created James Bonds "toys" when he was in high school. [18,783 words]
Project Chyooryooku Akiraka by Josh Anderson Sci-Fi, about how the world has a Chi and how the people who inhabbit it are linked... [1,157 words]
On Her Way Home by Bancy Mwihaki A partly romance and partly drama short story about a young lady and her oddyssey in conjugal l... [2,785 words]
Of Bikes And Boys by Ali Rizvi A tragic memoire of a young character that reveals a story of loss of innocence. [1,965 words]
Nothing Here by Ally K - [2 words]
Not Without My Future by Steve Deutsch A group of boys pertake on their weekly tradition of figuring out what to do next in thei... [926 words]
Much To Do About Nothing by Armand Waksberg A short story. [1,496 words]
Mexican Soul by Steve Deutsch Elementary students enjoy their favorite part of the day--lunchtime. However, today is extra speci... [1,074 words]
John Nikolaus by Tim Gorichanaz The story of John Nikolaus's journey from Croatia to America in the early 1900's. [1,589 words]
Jessie's Friend by Mike McWade A strange visitor warns Jessie of impending danger. [2,370 words]
Hunter by Hayden Woods Story about a female werewolf... [1,833 words]
Homeland Ssecurity by Firsttime Story When the moment comes that people realize that government can only give its citizens what it... [19,563 words]
Hi by Gary R Hoffman This is a true story of a dog my family once owned. [1,444 words]
Fine Weather For Ducks by Josh Anderson Love Short Story in poetry form. Inspired by the meeting of a friend of mine, I had a re... [1,683 words]
Empire Park by Aaron Er Lozier Carl finds himself lost in "Empire Park" late one night, chased by a glinty-eyed monster, and assau... [588 words]
Effects by Kevin Costello EFFECTS is an existential story which delves into the psyche of a college professor who just lost his w... [4,079 words]
Behind These Eyes by Vanessa Moya - [884 words]

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The Sob Story
Alchohol does not equate responsibility.
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I write as often as I can make myself. Hopefully, it will lead me somewhere someday.
[April 2007]
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Ashley (Short Stories) - [180 words]
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Losing The Sun (Short Stories) A story of a suicide and its reprecussions. [1,288 words]
Midnight Ride (Poetry) - [52 words]
Samantha Jane (Short Stories) - [465 words]
The Christmas Present (Short Stories) - [926 words]
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The Little Fisherman (Short Stories) - [652 words]
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The Teen Girl Suicide Story (Short Stories) This is satire. Keep that in mind. [575 words]
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The Sob Story

If it weren’t for a slightly inebriated Uncle Mort, poor Emily might not have been found until morning, and by then her tiny body would have been frozen solid, lost beneath the callous layer of snow collecting around the house.

The guests had started to arrive for the Christmas party around eight o’clock, daring the howling wind and the blinding snow to stop them. Those too young to partake in the festivities were safely tucked away in a bedroom upstairs, their virgin ears at a safe distance from the adult humour and alcoholic influence. Four-year-old Emily was nestled among them as the children occupied themselves with Nintendo and waited for Christmas morning to arrive.

Michael sat near the door, studying the people as they made their way to his front door. As they knocked---or rang, if their preferences demanded it---he watched, amused, as his mother snaked around furniture and toys left on the floor to greet the new arrivals. She favored him with an annoyed look as she opened the door for the guests. More than half of whom were related to Michael and his mother.

Michael laughed.

By midnight, the house teemed with amiability. Conversations overlapped one another, most of which unintelligible unless you paid cloes attention. As was practically custom for such an occasion, a boastful amount of alcohol had made an appearance and, consequently, half of the guests were more than a little buzzed. Those who were not flat out drunk, at any rate. Of those who were the most plastered, Michael’s uncle Mort was the archetype of the boozehound. He stumbled around the people-filled room, reeking of beer that he didn’t have to pay for. He found Michael and erupted into peals of hoarse laughter. He redirected himself toward the kitchen table at which Michael and his invitees sat. As he approached, they eyed him as a hiker might a rattlesnake.

“How boys doin’?” Mort slurred. He loomed over them, the smell of cheap beer permeating the air around the table. Michael offered his uncle a humoring smile.

“We’re doing fine, Uncle Mort,” he said. “Just talking. How’re you?”

“I’m drunk’s a dog, Mikey! Wontchoo have a drink er somethin’.” Mort jabbed the half empty can he held in his hand at Michael, a few drops escaping and landing on the table in front of Michael. “You’re eighteen, righ?”

“I don’t drink, Uncle Mort. But thanks, though.” Michael looked at his friends and their eyes said the same thing of the drunk man who’d invaded their conversation. Get rid of him, Michael.

“Hey, Mort,” said Michael, motioning toward a random direction behind his uncle with a nod. “I think Aunt Matti wants to talk to you.” After a moment’s confusion, Mort glanced behind him and laughed.

“That’s what I know!” Mort exclaimed, giving no indication as to whether or not he actually saw the woman. “She always wants me, can’t getta break ‘round here for nothing. You boys be good, hear?” Without waiting for further response from Michael or his friends, he lumbered away, leaving the air behind him breathable once again.

A silence lingered for a moment after Mort made his departure, and then the group at the table broke into laughter at the drunken man’s expense. Snickering, Michael followed his progress through the living room for a moment before ultimately losing interest.

The party stretched into the early morning and eventually spent itself, and those who were not planning on staying for Christmas began to leave. They filed from the house, deciding who among them was the least drunk and thus most capable of piloting their vehicles back home without incident; Michael’s aunt Rena and her husband had offered their services as designated drivers and would return later that night. Once the majority of people had cleared out, Michael’s mother came over to him where he now sat alone.

“Do me a favor, Michael,” she said. She gathered up the empty cups and paper plates scattered across the kitchen table.

“Okay, why not,” Michael said. “Shoot.”

Michael’s mother regarded him over the stack of garbage in her arms. “Go check on the kids upstairs. They should all be asleep, but go make sure for me. Oh, and make sure that they all have a blanket; it’s cold tonight.”

“Okay, Mom.”

Once upstairs, Michael headed to the room where the kids were crashed. He inched open the door and poked his head inside, whereupon he was greeted by a face full of icy air. He felt the goose bumps rippling down his arms, and he noticed the open window opposite him. He crossed the room, carefully stepping over the sleeping children on the floor, and closed it absent-mindedly, stifling the flow of the biting night air into the room. He turned his attention to the children, counting heads silently. His uncle Tyler and aunt Rena’s kids, Ashley and Devon, were there, crammed together on the floor beneath a thick blanket. That was two. His own little Brother, Mark, was curled up on the bed by himself, a comforter up to his neck. Three. Megan and Chad, two of his uncle Mort’s kids, were on the loveseat in the far corner of the room. That made five. Number six, he saw, wasn’t among them.

He padded down the stairs and found his mother in the kitchen, scrubbing dishes like it mattered.

“All the kids okay?” she asked.

“Where’s Emily?”

“Michael, that’s not funny.”

“I’m serious. She’s not up there.” His mother sighed and dropped her dishrag into the sink. Michael followed her into the kids’ room, where she saw for herself that Emily wasn’t there. She woke the children present and asked them if they’d seen her. They were little help, however; they didn’t remember where they were, let alone where little Emily was.

Panicking now, Michael’s mother checked every other room upstairs. Nothing. A quick sweep of downstairs told her the same. She shook awake Matti, who’d fallen asleep in front of an old Bewitched rerun. She was about to tell her that she didn’t know where Emily was when there came a yelp from the back door. Michael, who had returned to his place at the kitchen table, convinced that they could find the kid without his help, made it to Mort a split second before his mother did.

Michael found his uncle on the back porch, a look of surprised disgust on his face.

“Whazzat, Mikey?” he said. His voice cracked. He jabbed an unsteady finger at the ground. “What izzat?”

A stream of urine, presumably Mort’s, had melted away a patch of snow on the ground about five feet from the two of them. Two glassy eyes peered from it. Michael’s heart stopped when he realized what it was he had found.



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