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Loving the Loveless Pt. 3
July 16, 2018 at 9:05AMMUSC, Downtown Charleston, SC Brianna Steele She hated the heat with a passion she didn't have words for. Why mom ever thought moving from Illinois to fucking South Carolina was...
Unbreakable Bond
Delilah knelt on the saturated ground in front of the weathering stone. She wanted to trace the engraved name with her fingertips, but each letter would only be a reminder of our disintegrating memori...
Loving the Loveless Pt. 2
July 16, 2018 at 7:10am The North Bureau, North Charleston, SCDetective Derek Kyle "Yo, DK!" Derek sighed heavily, thankful that the bullpen was louder than usual following the morning shift change so...
Shane Laing8 months ago
Mr. Pilgrim
It was December 16, 2011. The snow plummeted down from the skies above. The roads of London were empty; wait that isn’t how I’m doing this. That just isn’t my type of story—who wants to listen to me b...
Oluf Marshall8 months ago
The Flatmates
To give some background, I should note that I am an anxiety sufferer. I am also something of an introvert who values time to myself. I think it’s partially to do with an onset of depression I had when...
Shane Laing8 months ago
Betrayal
It was November 21st 2001, rain splashed down around me. I was so focused on her that even the cracking of twigs among the leaf riddled ground didn’t catch my attention. She was there, waiting. For wh...
Guilty, Not Guilty (Part 1)
I’ve never forgotten her; it’s been eight years now. She must have changed, aged, perhaps even wrinkled. I can only remember the youthfulness of her face; the dimple on her right cheek when she smiled...
Phoebe H8 months ago
Moral Dilemma Narrative - Joan from Accounting
The ceiling of my dismal apartment is the first thing I see. I breathe a deep sigh and force myself to my feet. I find clothes that I’ve worn many times before and I put a bagel in the toaster. I now ...
A Silhouette's Deception
He emerged from the obscurity of the alleyway, an unlit cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Freddie had never been one for smoking. He always found himself coughing too much, but he liked the way it l...
Brooke Vigil9 months ago
The Way Gordon Drove
It may have started the night before. My wife and my two young sons went out for ice cream near the Dairy Queen across the street. The phone rang and it was her—no, not my wife—it was Carmen and she w...
James Loss9 months ago
Chance Encounters
Randall knew he was never a lucky guy, if there existed such a thing as luck. He felt as though the subway doors always closed right before he stepped on, felt some other pedestrian always snagged his...
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Shant Suvalian9 months ago
Los Valencia
There is a special flower that blooms in massive quantities every year in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and some lonely parts of our own southern Mexico. A "perfect" flower by biological terms, it...
lily holland9 months ago
What Goes Around, Comes Around
The sink drains the thick red liquid from her hands after she snuck back in through her bedroom window. She stares at the dirt and blood stains on her and her clothes while the shower starts. The hot ...
Jamie Arcelay9 months ago
Who Killed Me?
May 28th, 1998 Operator: 911, what's your emergency? Woman (in hysterics): Oh my God... Oh my God! Operator 911: Ma'am, I need you to stay calm and give me your location. Woman: I'm at River Station R...
The Wife
“Just stop, please!” Cheryl screamed while tears rolled down her face. “Let us go, dammit!” She was kicking her feet fiercely and her chestnut-red hair covered her face. It was energy wasted. The blac...
Abigail Nance9 months ago
Porcelain Doll
When I was a child, I was lost. From the moment I was born, my life began to crumble around me. From a very young age I learned to hide my thoughts from the world, for the world thought them to be str...
Amy Rawcliffe9 months ago
The Time I Looked After Lucy
A lot of people around my town, Westvillage, call me a hero. I just say it's something I had to do, I couldn't let it happen. I have never been the sort of person to big myself up and I would always s...
Charlotte Humphrey10 months ago
Metal
They all knew he was going to be the one to do it. And they supposed it was fitting. He was the oldest, he was the quietest and, in truth, he cared the most. They weren’t worried about him. They were ...