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The Function Of Criticism by Pepijn Sauer We forget without remembering what. Something started at some point but the point is ... [774 words]
For Sofia by Pepijn Sauer You live with the question. Wondering how to proceed, we find ways to make things happen. We do not u... [449 words]
One Small Moment by Shelley J Alongi One woman's small action makes a lasting impression on a man condemned to die for his crime. [1,847 words]
Last Hours by Shelley J Alongi A general contemplates his decision before formally declaring war. [1,467 words]
Collateral Damage by David Gardiner Some explosions keep on echoing. [4,127 words]
Wolf In Janie's Shadow by Wolfa Of a girl who fell through the cracks in the world. [2,103 words]
The Wedding Banquet by Anthony S Maulucci A rich Italian from the Abruzzi region holds a feast to find a bride and falls in love with... [1,815 words]
2am by MacKenzie Morgan This is my first contribution to the site. It's an excerpt from a journal I kept over the summer. Please re... [3,361 words]
The Seventh Inning Stretch by Kurt Kitasaki A satire on professional sports. [2,230 words]
The Nova by Kurt Kitasaki A satire on executives in the automotive industry. [2,647 words]
Witness by Pepijn Sauer You have seen things. I thank you for describing them to me with so much care and poetic accuracy. Your... [826 words]
White Church by John Karl A passing of innocence and the expectation of one's future. [349 words]
Which Is The Way? by Sreenivasa Murthy Govindaraju Always in need of money and finally undergoes humiliation under the very nose of his teenage ... [2,246 words]
The Mind That Is Morning by Pepijn Sauer The mind that is morning swims. As it grows later it will become frosted glass; an emp... [459 words]
The Girl In The Taxi by Richard Koss A shy, young man has an erotic encounter with a strange girl. Is it real or just a dream? [1,493 words]
The First Time I Met God... by Joel Harper None necessary. [616 words]
The End Of History And The Last Fish by Pepijn Sauer When Field commander Asinine launched his final all out withdrawal the fir... [1,168 words]
Plague Of Time by Kevin Cope This is a story I keep playing around with and as yet is still unfinished. I am not sure how I w... [5,118 words]
Party by Pepijn Sauer Actually the host is dead. It took me a while to notice, but it's true. The host is so dead he has a lot ... [581 words]
Our Father Who Aren't In Heaven by Johnny Abrahams A man searches for his father but will he find him? [3,026 words]
Is Evil Edible? by Johnny Abrahams A very brief introductory work by a person who wishes he could write better than he can. [542 words]
In The End All Becomes Clear by Johnny Abrahams When death comes knocking, do you open the door? [831 words]
Heyman by John Karl Taipei: Big spiders, no drinking water, and lots of Taiwan Beer... Give me 10 reviews and I'll post pict... [557 words]
Gravity by Pepijn Sauer I circle the gravity of this situation in elliptical curves. Inside the fences, so fashionably dressed ... [589 words]
God Bless The President by John Karl Confrontation with knife wielding drunk in Oregon bar... did not have to be this way. [584 words]
Eurojazz by John Karl Stuck in Italy, partying, and then some... [650 words]
Don't Mind Her, She's 'armless by Johnny Abrahams Ugly people have feelings too. [1,000 words]
Adventures In The Land Of The Unexpected by Will E Drillit A satirical look at the conference circuit in the unusual setting of P... [1,066 words]
Adolescent Innocence 2: Evil Never Dies by Loki Evil proves it never dies in this second game of death and destruction. [14,390 words]
A Song Of Absence by Pepijn Sauer Absence. Everybody is on the beach but you. Meister Eckhart sunbathing in bright green short... [1,412 words]
A Modern Day Love Story by Shari Calkin Just an example of how God works miracles in people's lives, especially when they least... [1,241 words]
A Deadly Kind Of Love by Kevin Cope Billy Harper loved his mother just a little too much... [1,846 words]
A Changing Of The Seasons by Bradley Postma Allegorical romance relating the fickleness of love with the weather. [6,240 words]
Within The Darkness by G S Kimbro Short Story of a strange encounter in a restaurant. [1,707 words]
Tarradale's Option by Ed Bruce A tale about life in the Scottish Highlands, an incomer's attempt to defy tradition and the... [3,533 words]
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Playing Life By The Rules
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Legacy by Adhara Von Nuremberg There's more to life than living. [1,612 words]
Kelly's Neighbour by Roxanne Kendrick - [535 words]
John's Secret by Glen Pearson Bill's big brother John is acting a bit weird. What's going on? (Not for impressionable kiddies... [2,154 words]
Faint Bell - A Story You Should Read Because I Said So, And I'm Smart. by Scott W. Hazzard A southern lady waits for her man. No su... [699 words]
Dogfish by Wolfa An owner tells the story of a neurotic, once-abused dog. [1,352 words]
All-Day Breakfast by Kevin Cope An ordinary day. An ordinary guy. A not so ordinary cafe. [2,336 words]
Adolescent Innocence by Loki After moving back to his hometown, a teen finds himself trapped in a deadly game of kill o... [7,559 words]
Losing Life by Antony Berrios A women finds herself in a strange place being held against her will. [672 words]
Hanover Square by Kevin Cope An old man sits by his wife's bed as she slowly passes away. He consoles himself by recalling th... [1,035 words]
In Hour Of Death by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan Dear Readers I have written this short-story in context of Gabriel Garcia's farewell letter to... [1,664 words]
The Ultimate Option by Nadeem Akhtar Modern man's predicament has left him only to avail the ultimate option. A story of all tho... [1,302 words]
The Maniacal Core Of His Unsound Mind by Banae Wan (I want comments.) One eighth done. Reprint. Changed title with anothe... [1,195 words]
The Gap by W A Hardy - [4,055 words]
The Confession by Kathleen McCarthy A murderous cousin plans to murder her way to money. [2,119 words]
The Beast Of Briovera by Christopher Grady In every Fairytale there is some truth, it is up to us to seperate the 'Fairy' from the '... [4,029 words]
Sunday Drive by Antony Berrios A familyís last trip together. [736 words]
Smothered by Paula M Shackleford The story of a girl who drives away men without meaning to. Will she ever find true love? [3,970 words]
Sitting Still by Scott W. Hazzard An ex-writer reflects upon his miserable life while receiving a routine lap dance from his favori... [2,159 words]
Shattered Lives by Kathleen McCarthy A story of a romantic triangle with deadly consequences. [4,761 words]
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Lane 23 by Vanessa E Clemmons A mother competing with patience and her daughter's determination to obtain glory. [343 words]
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Dad's Discipline by Oscar Oljmex - [684 words]
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All My Ex's Ain't In Texas by Patti Dinneen A native New Englander recounts her adventures in Texas. [2,308 words]

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Playing Life By The Rules
Some last thoughts before I go.

[792 words]
Kevin Cope
I'm over 30, under 40 and wish to remain that way.

[September 2001]
[email protected]
A Deadly Kind Of Love (Short Stories) Billy Harper loved his mother just a little too much... [1,846 words]
All-Day Breakfast (Short Stories) An ordinary day. An ordinary guy. A not so ordinary cafe. [2,336 words] [Comedy]
Hanover Square (Short Stories) An old man sits by his wife's bed as she slowly passes away. He consoles himself by recalling the very first moment he saw her. [1,035 words] [Relationships]
Plague Of Time (Short Stories) This is a story I keep playing around with and as yet is still unfinished. I am not sure how I want it too end yet. I would appreciate comments and ideas. [5,118 words] [Suspense]
Playing Life By The Rules
Kevin Cope

By the time you read this I will be gone.

Maybe to a better place, or maybe I will be silent forever more. I do not know.

For me, the only way to find out is to go there.

Have you ever wondered what makes someone successful, or what makes someone poor? Why some people are destined to become a genius and otherís to live the life of a frightened child in an adults mind?

Is life a predestined event, that cannot be changed? Or are we in fully control of what we do and achieve. If one person is successful, does that mean that there has to be a person that cannot, or is there enough success for everyone in the world.

These are questions to which I do not know the answer.

Well, I hope to find out them out soon, my friend. The time is getting close. I can feel it.

Sometimes I wonder. Why I am here? Why is anybody here? Are we just a freak of circumstance or are we part of a larger unseen plan?

Is there someone watching over us and guiding our every move?

Or are we truly alone?

Do people believe in Gods because they want to, or because they need to? Are people afraid not to believe in a God? Are they terrified of the thought that once they have exhaled their last breath, then thatís it? Nothing, but a memory in others people minds.

Maybe our lives are already mapped out for us in an infinite cycle of events, like a film being continually replayed. Does our universe expand to the point of no return, or will it contract into an infinitesimally small dot, until it explodes and creates a big bang from which the same cycle of life repeats again.

As I stand here looking out into the horizon, I wonder how my everyday actions and thoughts have affected other peopleís lives. If I had turned left in my car this morning, instead of right, did that start a chain of events that caused someone to die. Would they have lived if I had turned in the other direction? Was it really my decision, or was I just doing what I had always done in the endless cycle of the universe.

Maybe our world and universe is just a game. Created by supreme beings with infinite intelligence and with infinite time to play it in. Maybe people live and die by the role of a dice.

Who knows? Who cares? If this is the case, we cannot change anything. We may think we do sometimes, but that would just be a false belief.

Am I destined to die now as I step closer to the edge of the bridge, or is it someone elseís destiny to see me and save me? Maybe it is someoneís destiny to watch me fall to my death and have that memory haunt him or her forever more.

It feels right for me to die today. I donít think any one will save me.

It's as if I have lived my whole life for this moment, so that I may finally know the truth of life and death and the meaning of it all.

If someone finds and reads this letter, do one thing for me. Live your life to the full, as if you are in control. Regret nothing. Take comfort in the fact that every decision you make has probably already been made and there is nothing you can do about it.

Enjoy your life and enjoy the feeling of being in control. You never know when the dice is going to fall the wrong way.

Who knows, maybe if I had found a letter like this, I would not be doing what I am doing now.

I will know soon enough.

Maybe this is the first time I have died, maybe Iíve died a thousand times, waiting for someone elseís destiny to change mine.

Life is endless game. My advice is to take advantage of it and play to win.

I feel ready for the last step now.

I am not afraid. It will be the easiest step I have ever taken.

For me, stepping back into the game will be infinitely harder.

Iím tired of it and I felt like I could never win.

By the time you read this I will know the truth. I will know if I did the right thing or if I made a terrible mistake.

Maybe I will visit you in a dream and let you know, that after death the game continues on and you need not be afraid of death anymore.

Well, It is time to go now. I can feel destiny pulling at the pit of my stomach.

Goodbye my friend.

Just think of me as someone that didnít like to play the game by the rules.





"thought provoking and intriguing....something I'm sure we have all considered at some point in our lives and will find the answers to one day. " -- Shell.


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