Chacho: Part 3

(Note: due to formatting issues I couldn’t resolve, I strongly recommend reading on a laptop or tablet instead of a phone.) It had been three weeks, but my leg still ached. I sat in my leather armchair, having found a comfortable spot where the stuffing wasn’t too lumpy or the springs too jagged, and kicked […]

Read More Chacho: Part 3

Chacho: Part 2

(Note: due to formatting issues I couldn’t resolve, I strongly recommend reading on a laptop or tablet instead of a phone.) It had been about three months since we first met Señor Hablando, the Talking Man. He never gave us a name, but was prone to babbling to us or to himself – or to […]

Read More Chacho: Part 2

Warm Cookies on a Cold Night

“You ready, Betty?” I hear my friend Alexa call from the other room. “Almost, give me a second!” I struggle with the plastic wrap, pulling one more layer over my plate of cookies. “Let’s go see the fire trucks!” Alexa says. I pick up the cookies and hurry into the front room, where Alexa waits […]

Read More Warm Cookies on a Cold Night

Three Journal Entries

3 October, 2005 Today I met Kaif, a boy down the street! He’s nine, a whole year older than me! But our birthdays are close. We played football together with his old ball. He needs a new one, this one has patches holding it together. It was still fun, though! We’re gonna play more tomorrow! […]

Read More Three Journal Entries

One Year Later

A year ago tomorrow, I officially launched this website with an introductory blog post, a short story, and a poem. Over the course of the school year I posted at least once per week, often more frequently than that, sharing poems and stories as I wrote them. Last April, I decided to take a break […]

Read More One Year Later

Marbles

“You ready?” Mike asked as he finished drawing the circle in the dirt, about three feet in diameter. “You should be asking yourself that.” Lucy smiled as she produced her bag. “May the best team win,” Gabe said, opening his own bag and spilling his marbles into the circle. “Oh, we plan to,” Bubba sneered. […]

Read More Marbles

Agent of Change

Author: Nathan Heard Content Advisory: Violence “Trussk, are you up for this?” I stare down at the parchment that my employer, Artavan Glass, holds out towards me. The parchment is sealed with the Darek House’s crest. “Yes, sir.” Artavan nods. As usual, he is wearing an expensive scarlet coat with gold embroidery over an equally expensive […]

Read More Agent of Change

No More Tears

Author: Nico Heard Content Advisory: Violence, Adult Themes (Addiction) I grit my teeth as I shovel another pile of horse poop into the dump. The smell is nauseating, nearly causing me to gag. Flies buzz everywhere, flying into my ears and biting my legs. The horses whinny and trample the moldy hay. I wipe the sweat […]

Read More No More Tears

Innocent

Author: Joel Cox Content Advisory: Moderate Violence, Mild Language, Some Adult Themes Even upon the floating mountain of Ropolz, Autumn Fenborn felt grounded. All her life she had fought with tooth and claw for meager survival in the lower city of the cultural metropolis, floating from beggar to prostitute to thief to mercenary. She knew the […]

Read More Innocent