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Fiction · Poetry
Screaming to be Heard

He bellowed until his lungs caught fire. He screamed to be heard. He demanded to be acknowledged.   It was his right. It was their obligation. It was the way the world worked.   But it didn't matter. It was everyone's right. It was everyone's obligation.   If he wouldn't listen, why would anyone else?

Fantasy · Fiction · Modern Fantasy
Oh God

And from beyond eternity God looked down on their creation. Upon seeing what the humans created in their image had wrought proclaimed, "Whoops. Okay, third times the charm. You got this!"

Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable · Modern Fantasy
House and Housemates

Two housemates occupied a house. It was not a big house, nor a particularly fancy house; but it was the only house they could afford, so they called it home. As is the way of these tales the two housemates were diametrically opposite. Where one was very neat and tidy the other was slovenly. One…

Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable
Broken

They were born into a broken world; screaming and crying with confusion, grasping for a meaning, a purpose, a reason, searching for something a broken world couldn't offer. When they found nothing they screamed all the louder. Soon, one voice rose above the cacophony, screaming louder and longer than the rest. The voice's confusion turned…

Fiction · Flash Fiction · LGBT
The Checklist

"Hey, I know this is kind of weird, but before we head out, I need to ask you a few questions." "Okay? Sure, I guess. What about?" "Been reading stuff on the Internet. Scary shit, just gotta make sure. So you're a guy right?" "What? You've known me for three years. How could you not…

Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable · Modern Fantasy
The Cuckoo

"Cuckoo, cuckoo!" The Cuckoo cried. His bright orange plumage flowed behind him, catching the sunlight just so. The people flocked to him, tripping over themselves to give him their riches. He'd grow fat on the wealth of faraway lands and promised to show the people his ways. Soon the riches of the people dwindled. Angry,…