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Visceral

19 Feb 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Xeroxmac

Her voice was lurching between both a high-pitched whine that narrowed  into a “question?”-implied silence and a low throaty drop, reminiscent of the stuffed way a person sounds when they talk right before throwing up. It made Ethan nauseous. And ang...

A Quiet Sunday

18 Feb 2021 2 minute read 1 comment Xeroxmac

Jesús swept. Hank's Hardware Shop ("We want your screws to be loose!") closes at 6 pm on Sundays. Watch check: 5:50. He kept sweeping, still wondering whether his technique was any more efficient than that used by mentally handicapped workers. As alw...

ℍ𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕞𝕒𝕕𝕖 𝕃𝕚𝕖𝕤...

28 Nov 2020 5 minute read 4 comments (S)llew la Wulf

And as I sit here. Wearing the red lipstick, that you willingly smeared across your face, as you kissed me deep and full, amongst the cotton blooms floating dustily, cinematically about ourweus in that shitty carpark in June. I’m reminded of the pig...

Alone in the snow (5 minute freewrite)

29 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

Until recently he'd never taken the time to watch it snow. There was always something to be done. There were always fires to be put out. Then the EMP happened. Now there was time for whatever he wanted to do. There was nothing but time. Power ha...

Survival doesn't just happen (weekend freewrite)

19 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

I can see the young girls sharpening their knives. This was a skill that they had acquired in the last few days. It would be hard for them to survive in the wilderness without a sharp knife. Some were working on the filet knives they would use t...

Whose chainsaw? (5 minute freewrite)

18 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

"I figure that belongs to old man Sams. You know anybody else that uses a McCulloch chainsaw?" The deputy shook his head and said, "Nobody I can think of right off hand." Sams was a crotchety old bastard that lived way back in the holler. He ran...

"I ain't quite sure what I seen." (5 minute freewrite)

18 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

"Whatever it was, it run off behind the bush over yonder." People in these parts were not very particular with their grammar. They didn't much take to "schoolin'." "Like I done told that newspaper feller that was snoopin' 'round here before, I a...

One day I'll tell it all (weekend freewrite)

10 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

He said I didn't have to tell anyone, and I was planning to hold him to that. Somehow, however, it seemed like more and more people wanted to know what had actually happened. I'm still not very comfortable talking about it. There was the whole thing...

West Holpry: An Urban Nightmare

17 Jun 2020 5 minute read 1 comment orneryowl

As the citizens of West Holpry, the capitol of the totalitarian realm of West Zecor watched, King Qweh paraded a new victim through the streets towards the city’s notorious Ktenology Center, a building from which no prisoner emerged alive. Qweh was a...

What Pegman Saw in Galway

24 May 2020 1 minute read 0 comments orneryowl

Yadira spins her magic Free use image from Pixabay https://pixabay.com/photos/spinner-irish-spinner-woman-craft-559751/ As Pegman strode through the forest near Galway, he chanced on an archetypal scene. An old woman sat spinning near a cottage over...