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Legend Of The Golden Ship by Michael Vincent A free gift is given to a town to save them but some of them refuse to accept it. [567 words]
Believe In Better by Colin Baker A philosophical alternative to the current mindset. [804 words]
The Kill by Britney Sheppard A guy and his wife find dead bodies all covered with invisible glue. [901 words]
Fairy Tales Can Come True by Britney Sheppard A girl and her friend Abbey believe in fairy tales, but what if they weren't fairy ta... [998 words]
Acacia by Britney Sheppard A girl lives in egypt and has to defeat the Egyptian warriors. [1,134 words]
The Storymania Twilight Zone by Ted Ross A comedic take on the coveted TV series [426 words]
Seeing Ghosts. by Scott Murphy A very short anecdote about love and loss. [201 words]
Orlando Flores Is Dead by Kevin Hadley The enigmatic Orlando Flores links two moments in a couple's life. [3,321 words]
Drinking Alone With Company by Jacob Freer A lonely man downs a bottle of whiskey while walking around his neighborhood at nig... [718 words]
Air To Breathe. by Terry Collett - [921 words]
The Golden River by Vincent Michael an allegory i hope you'll find interesting. [2,667 words]
Black Flying Fist by Delmar Burkett It's fiction deals with two karate students trying to open a chest that suppose to contain a... [2,868 words]
Fight Fire With Fire by Joseph Albrecht A short story I wrote about an oil company at odds with everyday people and Mother Nature. [2,367 words]
Cursed Island by Vincent Michael Some folks are trapped on an island from which they try to escape but fail repeatedly. They need ... [977 words]
Around The Block And Back Home by Charles Turner A slice of trailer home life. [622 words]
Anxoius Lindsey by Demarquis Johnson Anxious Lindsey is a humorous story about a little girl whose always in a hurry to do things. M... [636 words]
A Thought by Sjl A single thought, and how it changes the way a young girl sees the world. [524 words]
The Abominable Snowman by Elvira Frankenheim - [338 words]
Rose's 'thorne' by Anuradha Krishna A young woman finds herself meeting a lost loved one who is in a challenging situation and real... [3,941 words]
Love Edit by Siddharth Shah Renu Sharma is a film editor in Bombay, living an ordinary life with a struggling filmmaker for a hus... [206 words]
Good News Is No News by Colin Baker Good news isn't always what it seems. [470 words]
The Spaceman Rituals by Eleanor Leech Delve in the wonders of the Spaceman Rituals. The Spaceman Rituals loose their suits, what... [414 words]
Marine Love by Ngoe Amate It's talking about a young girl who was possesed with an evil marine spirit that almot took her lif... [1,945 words]
Something For Nothing by Colin Baker The irony of political correctness [90 words]
Max Leroy In Space by Matthew Lenox Max Leroy is abducted by aliens and must now make his way back home by any means necessary. [5,546 words]
Max Leroy Against The Floss Flaws by Matthew Lenox Max Leroy takes on big floss and just escapes by the skin of his teeth. [3,917 words]
Lucifer Falls by C Bacchus Ever wonder why Lucifer would betray God? Why he would betray everything he knew? We all know the... [1,320 words]
You Again by Mahmoud Akoush - [364 words]
Why Is Everybody Speaking About Captions Now? by John Peterson Captions can make or break a video. That is why Captioningstar is... [328 words]
Little Red Riding Hood by E Ashe Gray confronts his own humanity when he fails to shoot a young female terrorist; the gir... [1 words]
Just Want To Go Home by Autumn Eve story about when i was 16 and ran away to chicago [404 words]
Blood's Secret by Autumn Eve A story about an abused girl who escapes the torment of her awful life [1,288 words]
My Addiction To Eve Garner by Jonathan Soriano - [2,960 words]
Train Watchers: A Brett Mccarley Locomotive Engineer Story by Shelley J Alongi You hope this never happens out on the line, but if ... [3,405 words]
Time On His Hands by John Frazee Perpetual down on his luck NYC charater sees things finally turning around. [1,540 words]
Sandpit by Annacat - [1,498 words]
Prime Of Life by Teresa Ann Frazee Franco, a New York City retired cat ( mouse catcher) enters a May/Dec. whirlwind romance,revitali... [4,267 words]
Lift by Lauren Van Der Vyver - [2,868 words]
I Don't Believe In Luck by Lauren Van Der Vyver - [4,364 words]
A True Love Story by The Hidden Bunny A true love story [543 words]
A New Years Tale by Iain Young This is the tale of one New Years Eve, two musicians and three venues. [6,888 words]
The Evil Within by Elvira Frankenheim A man lies in the creek, death by drowning. Only a silly accident? [2,499 words]
Summer In The City. by Terry Collett - [733 words]
St. Jerome by Lander Aberdimme - [173 words]
Extravagant Measures Condemend In Sin. by Regardless Devon Victory THIS BOOK IS COPYRIGHTED IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE ANY OF THIS BOOK WITHOUT ... [13,160 words]
The Secret Of The Secret by Martha Spring When fate wears an apron... [8,215 words]
The Fall (By Elvira Frankenheim) by Elvira Frankenheim - [1,591 words]
The Dead Girls by Darren Oberhaus Dead Girls / synopsis: A lonely call girl who is always searching for her own Prince Charming... [3,260 words]
Size A by Martha Spring To some people size matters. [678 words]
Rose Bush by Martha Spring Perfection is never free... [1,295 words]
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His Own Truth by Kriti Ruia relationship in todays modern-day [647 words]
Page 12 by D J Based on a very awkward English lesson... [448 words]
Fair Warning by Sf A young boy appears on Scott's porch with the ominous message, "If you choose to speak with me, on... [5,139 words]
From My Mouth, To Your Heart by Jade T Force A short story describing love and comparing it to the addiction of a cigarette [199 words]
Prologue: This Is My Secret by Frederick Espina Without giving too much of it away, the story is the prologue to a character I have... [84 words]
Tough Skin by Ashley N Hudson Hudson tough Skin talks about, how in the Gay World u have. To be strong mineded not just with woman but me... [34 words]
The Story Of Starry Knight by Ai Miina A story about a girl called Starry Knight, who once died in a high school, but nobod... [366 words]
The Skeleton That You Keep by Edward Bush Jr A short love story from a twisted mind. [202 words]
The Monster Who Stalked And Snatched by Ted Cowell How does it feel to be reading sentences written by pure evil? I can feel ... [634 words]
The Day I Met God by Matthew Mark Gill Hope [270 words]
Sweethearts by Ashley N Hudson Hudson SweetHearts, talks about how one person is so much in love. with this person at one time they felt ... [27 words]
Our Story by Ashley N Hudson Hudson Our story, talks bout country where we from which is Louisiana. From our food to clothers, How we as ... [33 words]
Church By Kevin Kling by Kevin Kling Kevin Kling shows us how eventful a Sunday morning can be for a Catholic family getting r... [1,660 words]
Brendon by Katherine Mongone About a mother.. when love is not enough after she loses it all [1,816 words]
Woman Attempts Suicide by James J Alonzo Woman attempts suicide and runs into a cop who try but looses his patience [1,043 words]
When One Becomes Aware Of Their Mortality by James J Alonzo When ne becomes aware of their mortality [606 words]
The Viet Nam Experience by James J Alonzo Trying to understand PTSD from War [800 words]
The Menace Of That Most Demented Order by Michael Harris Eli Wellingsworth finally comes face to face with the horror perpetrated... [12,529 words]
She Likes Trains: Sleepy Freights by Shelley J Alongi Back to the Union Pacific, the last meal, engineer in training, and just hang... [3,746 words]
Seeing Eye What??? by James J Alonzo Blind Nan stop by the cops for driving blind [1,096 words]
Saving Sarah by James J Alonzo Cop save Sarah's life at risk of his own [923 words]
Ohm Is Where The Art Is -- By Dovin Melhee by Dovin Melhee "Your thoughts are not entirely your own..." [1,551 words]
Nurses In Viet Nam, They Served Too by James J Alonzo Nurses served in viet nam and deserve respect [800 words]
Mr. Whiskey Viet Nam by James J Alonzo Soldier has a imaginary friend [1,223 words]
I Was Told I Was Wrong To Go To Viet Nam by James J Alonzo Soldier arrives home and is told his war service was wrong [853 words]
Heaven Sent Me by Matthew Mark Gill Inspiring [168 words]
Ghosts Of Viet Nam by James J Alonzo Ghosts in viet nam [925 words]
Edna Benz Store Detective by James J Alonzo Elderly woman tough as nails [871 words]
An Attempted Mugging Of An Old Man by James J Alonzo Old war vet faces a young mugger [845 words]
A Son Is Born (Agent Orange) by James J Alonzo Son is born with physical problems from father's exposure to agent orange [2,475 words]
A Small Child And A Dream by Matthew Mark Gill Small World [196 words]
A Missed Love by James J Alonzo A missed love that occurred during the Viet Nam War [2,782 words]
What Kind Of Love Is This by Ashley N Hudson Hudson it is about how love trne upside down, and go wrong. How to fix we don't know. It be ... [27 words]
Unfavoured Child by Terry Collett - [814 words]
The Smiley Sticker by Matthew Mark Gill Make ya offers now this is probably the best story ya ever seen. Pulitzer 4 Shore.. Highest ... [299 words]
The Golden Cross by Matthew Mark Gill If Ya have a dream ya'll enjoy this. www.sixflags.com [324 words]
The Broken Window by Matthew Mark Gill The story of Hope and Inspiration [266 words]
South Sudan: Independence And Nation Building From A False Start? by Nicholas Okumu This article looks at the ongoing internal co... [693 words]
Old School Love by Ashley N Hudson Hudson Old School Love is bout bringing the love back makeing it feel gineuing and real. [21 words]
Maddy And Mother. by Terry Collett - [580 words]
Flynn's Mindgame. by Terry Collett - [1,006 words]
Death Has Come Knocking At My Door. by Bethany J Hargrove A story that will make Dr. Sueze proud. Unless I misspelled his name. The i... [173 words]
Beneath The Valley Of The Ultra-Catholics by Elvira Frankenheim The actor Peter and his girlfriend (the narrator) go to a catholic vi... [418 words]
A Minsiter Child by Ashley N Hudson Hudson A Minsiter Child, is about how somebody grow up in a house with a pastor and how it affect the... [34 words]

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To marry or not to marry? That is the question!
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Martha Spring
[May 2012]
Rose Bush (Short Stories) Perfection is never free... [1,295 words] [Drama]
Size A (Short Stories) To some people size matters. [678 words] [Relationships]
The Best Santa (Children) Santa does exist after all. [981 words]
The Secret Of The Secret (Short Stories) When fate wears an apron... [8,215 words] [Relationships]
Question Answered
Martha Spring

A handsome young man entered a restaurant, a kind of restaurant where you can be sure to leave your entire month salary for a dinner quite ordinary. Upon arrival, he was greeted with respect that is usually shown to customers known for their good appetite and fat tips. His personal table was already waiting for him in the middle of a very big room packed with laughing, smiling, overdressed guests and busy looking waiters.

The restaurant was way out of his "league" but he loved coming here. Here he was treated with respect reserved only for rich and famous. He was neither. In all probability, he might never be. But there was something extremely pleasurable in being treated like one of them, if only for an hour. He would come here every day for the rest of his life, but his job barely afforded him this pleasure once a month, and for the last couple of years he never missed it even once.

He never really had his whole life planed, he was just living it. Long ago, he learned how to enjoy life and all its little pleasures day after day. Visiting his favorite restaurant, even not as often as he would like, was one of those things that made his life so great. He knew that doing whatever he wanted was not always possible, but when it was possible he didn't waste any time.

Now, seating at his table, he looked at his life where everything seemed simple and pleasurable with even more enjoyment than ever. But this time the pleasure was bittersweet. This was his last visit because he would not be able to afford coming to the restaurant anymore. In fact, there were going to be so many things that he wouldn't be able to do anymore that he didn't even want to think about them all. He had only one month left to live his life as he wanted. No, he wasn't dying, at least that wasn't in his plans. He was going to do something that might very well prove to be equally limiting - he was getting married. His fiancÚ was one of those girls who are so pretty and lovely that you can't take your eyes off them. He thought he loved her enough to agree to all the life changes marriage was about to throw at him. Yet, somewhere deep inside his heart, hidden from all his cheering friends, there lived doubt.

* * *

As the wedding day was approaching, his worries grew bigger and bigger. Finally, he could not sleep or eat anymore. Day and night, questions were burning in his mind. Was a married man's life, he was about to get, worth losing the life of a single man, he was enjoying so much? Was he about to make a mistake? What should he do?

One day, as he heard that a philosopher was passing through the town, giving speeches about the power of thought and the meaning of life, he felt a relief of new hope. He would go ask the wise man for help! Surely, the philosopher would know the answer to a simple question like to get married or not to get married.

The answer the philosopher gave, shocked him with its despair: It didn't matter if you got married or not, you would end up disappointed either way! That could not possibly be true! He simply refused to believe that there was no way of choosing a happy life. The answer was still out there, he just had to look harder...

* * *

As he was standing at the altar looking at his bride coming closer and closer, a sudden thought entered his mind. What if the philosopher was right? What if, despite your best efforts, you'd find yourself at the end feeling disappointed in all the things you have ever done? Would you be able to make peace with the knowledge that disappointment at the end was guarantied? Would you be able to accept that? Could you? If you could, then you would have a choice! Then, you could stop trying to avoid the future and instead use it to see your present as if it was your past. Then, your would not be overwhelmed by the need to know what to do now. Instead, you would be left with a simple task - to choose the past you would rather have.

That new point of view gave him a totally different perspective. He imagined that all his life had already passed in trying to make the right choices, trying to make others happy, spending all his time and money on his wife and kids. Then, he imagined living a different life, a life without wife or kids, feeling lonely most of the day, having nobody to comfort him and to take care of him when he felt down. Now that he had two different lives and accepted both despite them ending in disappointment, all he had to do was to choose which of these would he rather live. The answer was so surprisingly simple, that he could not believe he had trouble seeing it before. It was right here, inside of him all that time while he was trying to find it in the outside world. Finally, the question was no more.

He took one step back from the altar, then another, then he started walking faster and faster getting farther and farther from his worried looking bride who, by the look on her face, realized that her dreams of getting married today just evaporated into the thin morning air.

* * *

He had never experienced this kind of freedom before, the freedom of knowing how to make a choice without any fear of disappointment in the future. It all was so easy for him now since he agreed to be disappointed about everything at the end. The fog in his mind was lifted and for the first time he saw clearly that he never really wished for anything else but to enjoy his life while he could.

Sitting in his favorite restaurant at his personal table again, he smiled to himself. He knew that with the choices he made his life might be quite lonely since few people were likely to agree with him. That didn't bother him at all. Let them live their boring lives full of marital problems, let them spend everything they have on their wives and kids and still have nothing to enjoy, not now, not in the future. That was their choice, not his. He accepted his future. He saw it. And it was great...

The End


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