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  1. Sleep Tight My Child

    March 29, 2015 by L. A. Tobin

    Inside the dark bedroom, with the moon only a sliver in the sky, a shadowy, ragged shape begins to stir, quivering slightly at first, clicking strangely in the murkiness of the bedroom floor, scraping and scratching along the hardwood as its black coat brushes against the sheets hanging over the edge of the bed. It begins to climb, its black form crawling on multi-hooked legs upon the fabric, flowing like a heavy-pelted serpent, its million legs hooking and catching on the cloth counterpane, higher and higher until it is perched upon the boy’s chest where it rears itself up as high as it can on multiple hind legs and cranes its eager head to look down upon the boy, and it hangs there in that position, staring, black like coal cloth; though the creature doesn’t fully understand why, it takes note and pays particular attention to the expression on the boy’s face, an expression that has been frozen in time; an expression of fear, of fanatical fear and stark terror—a pure and dark horror that has turned the boy’s screaming eyes milky cold and opaque, and has cracked his twisted lips… wide and screaming like a person who has been caught in mid-fright—his teeth grimacing, his fists clenched bone white, and his once red hair shocked snow white; and outside the bedroom door, in the hall, his step-mother smiles.

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    This post was submitted by L. A. Tobin.


  2. Bliss In Your Eyes

    March 28, 2015 by C. A. Ferreira

    I once saw bliss in your eyes which saved me from my demise. But needing you made me realize that loving you made me hollow inside.

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    This post was submitted by C. A. Ferreira.


  3. One Way or Another

    March 28, 2015 by L. A. Tobin

    A mountain climber travelled ahead in time and began to climb of Mount Everest, but halfway up he discovered the body of a man who resembled him—same clothing, same face—lying frozen in the snow. The climber removed from the dead man’s pocket a delicate gold pendant, which he placed around his own neck, and then continued up the mountain, finally reaching to the summit of Everest on his second try.

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    This post was submitted by L. A. Tobin.


  4. You Go First

    March 28, 2015 by Norman Marcotte

    “You go first,” said the young girl with fear in her voice. “OK. But this is the last time, ” replied her sister, for the last time.

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    This post was submitted by Norman Marcotte.


  5. Promise

    March 28, 2015 by L. A. Tobin

    “I swear… I’ll never lay another hand on you again. I promise.”

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  6. Take That

    March 26, 2015 by L. A. Tobin

    When those who were invited began to show up, there sure was a lot of hugging going on. Old doc Cooper hugged her, and tightly too; and Missy Danby, a nurse from two doors down, arrived and hugged her; and Jason Miner the fire chief hugged her so hard that finally they could lift her high enough to loosen the rope from the around her neck.

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    This post was submitted by L. A. Tobin.


  7. Scarlet Letter

    March 26, 2015 by L. A. Tobin

    She conceals herself in the dark shadows of her bedroom where it is quiet and where she finds peace beneath a pile of clothes where she sleeps protected and hidden; but “where is the little girl?” they will ask finding her bed empty, and “where has she gone?” when they search for her but find nothing. The window is ajar, and a breeze billows the curtain—“She has run away,” they will say, “to test the fates on this cold and windy night”—but the little girl is safe… for a while; and though always vigilant, she remains mercifully unseen, shielded and safe beneath the pile of clothes in the shadows.

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    This post was submitted by L. A. Tobin.


  8. The Transfiguration of Christ

    March 26, 2015 by L. A. Tobin

    The transfiguration is when man became God, bringing together the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (of which Jesus had been blessed by his birth) to form the Holy Trinity. Jesus is God and Son and is filled with the Holy Spirit, but before that day on the mountain when God proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him,” Jesus was simply a man… with radical ideas, a man inspired to speak out against the established doctrine, espousing freedom of thought and selflessness.

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    This post was submitted by L. A. Tobin.


  9. Sixth Sense

    March 25, 2015 by Jacob Stark

    An icy hand ran its fingers down my spine, summoning goose-pimples and shocking my arm hairs to attention. I’d received no call or note, heard no voice in my head, but I was suddenly certain I was no longer a twin.

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  10. March 25, 2015 by 10squared

    I farted and someone laughed. It would be funny if I wasn’t alone in my house at the moment.

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  11. Essay Limbo

    March 25, 2015 by vcr

    At 11:59 pm of October 10, she finally hits the submit button for her report, but as she looks at the date she realizes this essay was due on October 10 of last year. Frightened, she blinks, seeing an empty document in her laptop, she begins her essay, again.

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    This post was submitted by vcr.


  12. cold fury

    March 25, 2015 by Hellbrander

    Blood on the rise. Can’t sleep, won’t apologize.

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    Rating: 6.3/10 (12 votes cast)

    This post was submitted by Hellbrander.