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Anna And Yana's Cruise by Winson Thai Two, later three, women finding love aboard a ship [4,014 words]
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My First Lesbian Experience by Winson Thai A young woman in trouble with the law gets a big offer from a female police officer... [520 words]
Lesbian Sisters by Winson Thai Two lesbian sisters deciding to practice sex with each other until they can find partners [523 words]
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Plague races across the Earth and the only way is to isolate victims using a new technology until a cure can be found. (Picture Contest Item: Writing.com)
Nathaniel A Miller
I am a long time Information Technology Major, and a former Navy Protected Veteran but I have a strong love and passion for writing, also an avid reader with a very large collection of books. I have many influences through the years (Pro Authors) and those influences have kept me writing and strong in literature for over 20 years. I have completed over fifty short stories, three novellas, two serials to my credit and dozens of articles. Most of my writing began for the High School and College Newspapers. It was a hobby at first but the fun and passion started in college where I found a small following of fans who believed in me...
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A Restaurant At The Edge Of The Universe (Short Stories) Two local factions are warring in an area of the FED Space and to protect innocent blood must pull the station from the sector which it was established but not without peril as a new enemy keeps the E... [3,798 words] [Science Fiction]
A Stranger In A Strange Land (Short Stories) A science-fiction/Western of the life of a Bounty Hunter in the future who travels the stars collectng bounties for outlaws. [5,690 words] [Science Fiction]
Apples & Oranges (Short Stories) Based on prompt for writing.com (Give short dialogue between two pieces of fruit) [700 words] [Humor]
Ashes Of Io-216 (Short Stories) A story of a disaster in space on a far off colony across the Milky Way Galaxy. [3,510 words] [Science Fiction]
Character Introduction (Reference) Introduction to a main character that appears in a couple of serials that are currently on display on writing.com/nicestories.com and storymania.com in one short story. An idea I was kicking around. [1,273 words] [Biography]
Codename Alpha One Base (Short Stories) A prelude front base used for world war three against the Chinese Military. [2,256 words]
Dark Castle Mud Game: An Article (Non-Fiction) My first article in over eighteen years about a text game called a MUD that was popular from BBS circuits in the 1990s. Which still is active after 20 years of operations. [819 words] [Business]
Destination Starlight (Novels) The Prelude to Healing Starlight, Return of Starlight and Forever Starlight - The story of Rijiin's captivity for all times than his allotted life, giving up the 20th Century for the 14th Century. [63,522 words]
Dum Dum Dum! (Short Stories) an inspired story from author I AM BEAR from Writing.com for the three words in a title for his notebook contest. [1,228 words] [Motivational]
Earthworld (Short Version) (Short Stories) A forbidden romance between a human and a sub culture race created in a new era of Earth's post holocaust future. [9,878 words] [Erotic]
Forever Starlight (Novels) A sequel to Return of Starlight [57,801 words] [Fantasy]
Galactic Empire Chronicles Ship List (Reference) Ship List for Stories: "The Galactic Empire Chronicles." A listing that featured more ships for the game on BBS, Featured in stories It was submitted and Researched using real US Navy Warships by Me..... [1,214 words]
Healing Starlight (Novels) A Story Series of Help, Healing, Redemption, and Second Chances. Part one of Four [76,285 words] [Fantasy]
Latex Flower (Short Stories) A race of plants uses human females as hosts in a Death Valley town to repopulate their species and take over Earth. [6,135 words] [Erotic]
Magic Bologna Ride (Songs) Filked lyrics based on Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride for an ex gf/best friend in the whole world. [164 words] [Humor]
Memoirs Of A United States Navy Soldier (Non-Fiction) The journey to and first night at Great Lakes Naval Training Center (Fort Moffett) [1,687 words] [Travel]
Missing You: Tribute Of Shadow (Poetry) A poem that was so touching from Facebook that I had to share [313 words]
Msflights: The Article (Non-Fiction) An in depth grievance and warning to all about the shady practicves of their site. [748 words] [Writing Resource]
My Death Scene (Short Stories) If you could have a death scene in third person, what would it be? A philosophical look at death. Goes with discussion on nicestories forum/ writing.com forum Mine is Braveheart... [6,524 words] [Fantasy]
Old Brindle (Short Stories) A story of my Great Grandmother in Cica 1936 rescuing the family cow, their only source of milk during the depression from a bad ice storm and the inventive ways taken. As told my Grandmother. 1st ... [1,559 words]
Olympus Of Yesteryear (Short Stories) A legend of Olympus, the prelude of the Gods before Olympus and how they traveled the stars and a station at Hyperion near Saturn before its destruction. [3,463 words] [Fantasy]
Robot Of My Dreams (Short Stories) A battle on Mars destroys the station, leaving a lone human to fight for her life alone with the company of a Mandroid, turning into much more. [4,852 words] [Erotic]
Rose Snow: Space Explorer (Short Stories) A reunion between a father and daughter becomes a harsh choice for the father of what is good for the federation and what is good for him and his daugher personally. Inspired from picture, sci-fi girl... [1,811 words] [Science Fiction]
Song Of The Fairy Folk (Poetry) A poem that a friend wrote and i think is worth sharing. [249 words] [Fantasy]
Spider Kiss: (Short Stories) A piece based on "The Muse" Photo on Writing.com Picture story contest. A Teen who changes into a drider after an innocent bite from a spider. [2,406 words] [Horror]
Starship Down! (Short Stories) A story based on a science fiction picture (stock image) where a crew of humans must fight to survive a hostile world in space. [5,317 words] [Science Fiction]
The Abduction Of Shuttle 367 (Short Stories) Inspired on Hubble pic: An Earth Science vessel explores an unknown galaxy, running into trouble becoming prisoners. [4,895 words] [Science Fiction]
The Assassination Factor (Short Stories) How a team modifies past to stop harm in the future, but not without a price of existence. Written in HS Literature Class (1991) as an assignment [12,081 words] [Science Fiction]
The Assault In The Fog (Short Stories) - [1,813 words]
The Beach House (Short Stories) A sinister trip by Vacationers to Florida turns deadly. [2,023 words] [Horror]
The Bum And The Angel (Short Stories) Taken from the prompt: “A homeless man on a park bench is awakened by an angel.” [861 words] [Scientific]
The Castle Of Dreams: (Short Stories) It uses the concept of the times, contemporary Fantasy and the use of a Elvish language using a mix of three different dialects. [5,046 words] [Fantasy]
The City On The Edge Of Infinity (Short Stories) A city colony is in chaos in the Earth Federation against the terrorist group DOOM and it is going to take Veterans and heroes to protect the city from its destruction. [4,438 words]
The Cloud Kingdom Of Benvosa (Short Stories) A story of rebellion against a tyrannical King and a forbidden love between a planet dweller and a Cloud Kingdom Princess. 1st place winner Draw Your Swords Fantasy Contest: Writing.com [6,570 words] [Fantasy]
The Entity Of Castlebrook Close (Short Stories) An possession of an Apartment building leads to fifty murders and it takes an exorcism to destroy the demon before he destroys the city. [4,441 words] [Horror]
The Foundry Of Tomorrow (Short Stories) A science fiction piece about evolution of a machine after centuries alone. Written in HS Literature Class in 1991 as an assignment. [2,446 words] [Science Fiction]
The Galactic Empire Chronicles - Eps 2 (Short Stories) A pseudo series based on Game played on BBS in the 90's. Magic Kingdom BBS: "Departure to Destiny" [6,443 words] [Science Fiction]
The House In The Woods (Short Stories) How a string of simple lights lure the unsuspecting into the woods to a sinister evil. (2014 Entry for Picture Contest on Writing.com) [2,021 words] [Suspense]
The Hunting Of The Snark (Poetry) My favorite piece of poetry from Lewis Carroll... [192 words] [Humor]
The Lake Of Yesteryear (Short Stories) A senior of a all-girls HS in Tokyo go on a camping trip to a place at the site of a murder 20 years prior where she finds a twist that changes her life upside down after desiring change in her life. [5,540 words] [Horror]
The Last Starfighter 2:Rtl (Short Stories) Concept Story / Sequel to the original film, Working title, Rebuilding the Legion [8,803 words] [Fan Fiction]
The Night Before Christmas In Joisey (Poetry) A poem about santa refusing to go into NJ and has his half italian brother Vito Claus having to take over that state to deliver presents. [459 words] [Humor]
The Nightmare Within The Mirror (Short Stories) A horror story of a possessed mirror that decimates a christian family leaving one survivor. [1,376 words] [Suspense]
The Old Unga Blues (Songs) A parody of the "Old Yellowstain Blues." from the Caine Mutiny Film... (Starring Fred MacMurray, Humphary Bogart, May Wynn, Van Johnson, w/ Claude Atkins and Lee Marvin) This was written for a frien... [95 words] [Humor]
The Plainsfarmers Of Mars (Short Stories) 2100 AD and Man has stared exploring space and colonizing the planets of SOL, but not without attack by aliens in retaliation for their push into space. [3,444 words] [Science Fiction]
The Rescue Of Anne Frank (Short Stories) A team goes into the past to modify and change the timestream for a better future. Written in HS Literature Class (1991) 1st place winner: Alternative History Fiction Contest: writing.com [2,637 words] [Science Fiction]
The Return Of Johnny Sokko And His Flying Robot (Short Stories) A fan Fiction piece based on series from 67-68 that aired in Japan as a live action. [3,202 words] [Science Fiction]
The Return Of Starlight (Novels) Sequel of Healing Starlight. Help and Healing that spans across Modern and Renaissance Age. Part two of three of triad series [90,273 words] [Fantasy]
The Return To Narnia (Short Story Concept) (Short Stories) A concept story that sequeled loosely the last book of the Narnia Chronicles, by C.S. Lewis. It is unfinished, and being explored in memory of a great author. [8,436 words] [Fantasy]
The Shipwreck (Short Stories) Inspired on a picture: The Caves of Fiji, Daughter of a plantation owner in 1850 goes to Australia for her wedding only to be castaway on an island away from her love. [5,581 words] [Adventure]
The Suicide Of Jake Johnson (Short Stories) Based on prompt Activity: There was only one way out... [1,276 words]
The Themed Resort (Short Stories) A dysfunctional family goes on a needed vacation to a themed resort local to their home only to find when they pick the theme there is a sinister catch that is involved - You actually go there. [2,925 words] [Science Fiction]
The Time Portals Of Pharius Seven (Short Stories) Based on picture: 3 expeditions seeking out a new discovery of time portals have vanished and it is up to Enterprise to find them before the Romulans do. [3,756 words]
The Tunnel On The Edge Of Heaven (Short Stories) An abused young man is killed on the streets of NYC, but in his transition walking the tunnel to heaven finds because of his bad deeds all his life, travels for all eternity. [1,023 words] [Spiritual]
Timmy Swanson: Isis The Next Generation (Short Stories) Contest Entry, writing.com, after an assault of a Teen boy by his peers he turns into a terrorist by the help of a young muslim girl. [2,632 words] [Drama]
Tommy Tumbleweed. (Children) An unfinished work by Grandmother, annexed by permission and posted. A story that is the point of view of a tumbleweed in the desert. [804 words] [Fable]
Unga Rap (Songs) Loosely based on the "Ninja Rap" From Vanilla Ice and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Movie. These are more Lyrics for my Sys Admin Friend who thinks hes god's gift to women, but a fair hand at the... [358 words] [Fan Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 1 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part one of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [23,227 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 2 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part Two of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [24,642 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 3 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part Three of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [28,409 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 4 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part Four of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [20,507 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 5 (Short Stories) Episode 5 of 7 of a mini series serial like James Clavell's "Shogun" TV Mini Series. [16,252 words]
Yamato - Episode 6 (Short Stories) Episode 6 of 7 [23,176 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 7 (Short Stories) Finale of Yamato Serial [82,169 words] [Science Fiction]
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Nathaniel A Miller
Today’s News: November 16, 2287 A.D, Date-line America… twenty-five billion people condemned to die in Plague epidemic around the globe. Is there any end?
The news reporter sat behind his desk as-if nothing bad was happening, only reporting on the turmoil of the world with a biased eye and those not stricken with the disease could only wait and watch helplessly as families were separated, quarantined, or killed by the epidemic that had rounded the globe.
Meanwhile, night had fallen upon Central Stasis Facility in a remote facility outside of Michigan, in which people were stored of all nations, races, cultures, sexes, religions and creeds. They are placed in blue colored ooze that bubbles inside a square chamber, sized only for a single human body, and chambers themselves are monitored by the central computer from which they preserve the bodies with life or from decomposition. A process from which many had come, first many with terminal disease, later the plague victims of 2277 AD that swept all nations and the entire globe to kill off a third of the populations on Earth for the last ten years.
This is their only chance the doctors and scientists had said. It was the only way to protect the world, and save them from a terrible death ahead. It is a death in which many had already perished, before using technology to isolate the victims as they searched for a cure. But that had been almost ten years ago.
Andrew Martin, now twelve years of age, stood looking at his father in the glass chamber with his mother and holding her hand. As he peered at his father, who hung motionless in the ooze, Andrew realized that he had not changed in the time he had seen him many times before. He had not changed in the time put in chambers. He missed his father, playing with him before he had become ill. He wondered when his father would be well and released from the chambers, or if they had been working on a cure yet.
Here, the young boy glanced at his mother, who placed her hands on the outer glass of the chamber, as if to gather strength from the body of her spouse who hung suspended there. The boy peered at the reflection of himself in the glass of the chamber, at his sandy blond hair, aqua-marine blue eyes, round face, and square jaw like his father who hung in the chamber. The boy is dressed in the new-age fashion of the day. It is a loose tunic, pants with matching boots and belt that looked like something out of Buck Rogers in the Twenty-fifth Century. He is the spitting image of his ill father. Tears began to flow as the boy looked up at the chamber.
“Mommy, when will Daddy awaken again so he can come home?” The boy asked, and peered at his mother who with closed eyes placed her hands on the chamber. She had let out a silent sigh of sadness as she stood there.
His mother, Carol Martin did not answer. She is a woman in her mid to late thirties, with dark gracious hair that spilled to her waist, ever so sprinkled with gray, a round face, a fair complexion and dark brown eyes. She had placed his father in this state when he was but four years old, having contracted the disease, and every month she had come to visit him with the hopes that they had found a cure and would open his eyes to smile down at his wife and child.
But it wouldn’t happen today.
Around Carol and her son, the hallway was clear. There is only one other person in this long chamber of probably a thousand containers like this one, separated in banks, who stood like her looking up at their loved one in silence. The only sound of the whole area is the low hum of the respirator unit and refresh unit that keeps the blue ooze fresh with oxygen. A console is built into the bottom of each of the tanks, and each one showed activity of the brainwaves, heart, or breathing of the person in the chamber. That information, of course, was only dependent on the condition of each of the patients in the chambers, as some were lifeless as they were placed in the glass chambers. His father was just one of the lucky ones.
Her spouse, Chuck, was one they had just placed as is into the ooze, and his body taking in the life giving substance as he remained frozen in time. His heart kept going at a slow beat and his breathing shallow with the oxygenated ooze. He remained living so long as the computer controlled the environment of the chamber with electrodes snaking to his body.
“Your father will be cured soon, I promise.” She finally replied, turning her head to try to smile at him, trying to hide her tears, as she did so often.
“I can’t wait.” The boy replied, “He promised to take me fishing. I want to catch a whale!”
“And you both will.” Carol replied, turning away as her eyes burned, and she steadied herself on the chamber.
“Today is my husband’s birthday. He would have been thirty-five today.” She thought, “Some birthday, But if he would have been alive and out of the chamber, he would have been very sick right now too, the virus penetrating the body. This is for the better, it always was, and someday we’ll be together again as a family.”
“Damn.” She whimpered, as her mouth clenched, biting her lip fiercely. She had not become sick yet, thankfully. She had Chuck isolated before he had given it to her and her son. But still they were alone.
“Can I touch him?” Andy asked, “Can he hear us?”
“I think he could hear us.” She replied absently and peered at the thin pale face, the solemn expression on her husband’s face. She wished he was here, to touch him, and hold him. But she couldn’t, and almost screamed in frustration at the fact.
She cast another look at the face, at the closed eyes and dark rings around the sunken eyes of her husband.
“Damn you Charles.” She whispered, “You had to travel to that country where they were all sick, and be exposed! Now you left me alone.”
“Damn you, I hate you!” She cursed, but after a moment shook her head, “No, I’m sorry I didn’t mean it. I just wish you were here. Please, God, let him come back to us.”
Placing her arms outward, Carol moved as-if to embrace her spouse. Her face was flat against the side of the tank.
Andy watched his father in silence, as he hung suspended in the tank, and the blue ooze bubbled around him. The boy managed a smile as on his face, as a smile appeared on the face of his father. He had gasped quietly in astonishment when he realized that his father was alive and could hear him, that his wish had been granted somehow.
“Look he CAN hear us! YAY!” The boy squealed and Carol looked up in astonishment to see the smile. A moment later, her husband’s eyes fluttered to open then closed. They opened again and closed, then finally flipped open, to stay open. They showed no recognition as they stayed open and a pained, glassy, dazed, look appeared upon them. After a moment, they seemed to focus, and they moved silently downward on her and Andy, His clawed hand moved toward the glass on the inside.
“Oh my god!” She gasped. The young woman stared in wonder as alarms quickly sounded. Was he was alive and was he cured? Had her prayers been answered? Silently she thanked God. They were a family again and they would be together again soon.
Doctors ran in from all sides to peer in astonishment at his conscious form, but it was short lived as a red smudge appeared in the tank a moment later, as a long ominous tone appeared on the monitor below. As the cloud began to dissipate, a skeleton remained, the virus doing its work and destroying the entire bits of flesh from the body that now floated in the red and blue ooze. Her husband was no more.
Carol briefly peered at it, gasping in terror as she fainted abruptly to the deck. Her son of course began to weep, as he placed his hands on the chamber, and his final words were “Daddy?”
But his father was gone.
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