View at Tolman’s Ledge

The sea is mute, filled
Only with slow waves.
There is no voice, no music
Cascading the grey air.
The only words are murmurs
Left within stones.
They had seen the oceans
Foul with dying life
Years before us,
The skies fall across
Their skin, beasts
Slowing into shadow,
And the swell of fiery walls.

But this day is a silence
Pulsing through my palms.
No more faces, but our own,
And the greyness of sky.
We’re bones that no longer need
To cling to a dance
That every rock has seen.
I don’t close my eyes
When I step into the view.


Written for 13 Days of Samhain.

TRUTH OR DARE

TRUTH OR DARE

“Ow. God. My head. Geez…”

TRUTH OR DARE

“Where am I…?”

TRUTH OR DARE

“What? Who are you?”

…TRUTH OR DARE

“Huh?”

The loud, monotone voice blared from the walls once again. The man slowly stood-up. He was in a small room. No windows. Bright, fluorescent lighting. Clinical, white walls.

TRUTH OR DARE

“Okay, okay. Fuck. How did I get it? Can you answer me that fi–”

TRUTH OR DARE

“Okay. Fine. Truth…”

Silence. Finally, the voice came back. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

The man stood there for a moment. “…Orange?”

…CORRECT.

The man was confused by this. “What? Listen, where am I? Truth or dare. Truth or dare!”

…DARE

“Let me out.”

…NO.

“What? How the fuck is that–”

TRUTH OR DARE

“No. NO!” 

TRUTH OR DARE

“This is so dumb. Get me out of here! Help! HELP!”

TRUTH OR DARE

“Truth!”

…WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“You already asked me that! I said orange! It’s orange!”

…CORRECT.

“Yes. I know. Your turn, asshole. Truth or dare.”

…DARE.

“Tell me what’s going on.”

…YOU ARE IN A ROOM.

The color faded from his face and he sat down. His eyes staring out into nothingness.

TRUTH OR DARE

He was stuck here. With the world’s dumbest captor.

TRUTH OR DARE

And there was nothing he could do. Nothing.

TRUTH OR DARE

TRUTH OR DARE


Written for 13 Days of Samhain.

Oh no. What am I doing? NaNoWriMo

I probably shouldn’t be doing this, but fuck it. After reading Sammi Cox’s post I decided to go ahead and participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo. Basically, for the month of November, the goal is to write at least a 50k word novel. And I have no idea what I’m going to write. Well, I have some idea. It’s probably going to be about a guy. Maybe it will be a coming-of-age book. Maybe it will be some weird garbage. Who knows? I certainly don’t. But, fortunately, November’s only a few days away so I have plenty of time to start preparing.

I probably shouldn’t be doing this since I’ve been busy with work and other stuff. But, ehhhhhh, we’ll make it work. We’ll make it work. I’ll probably provide updates on my progress here. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. Gonna be great. Never written a novel before. Gonna be great…

Beyond the Self

Marty watched them. She laughed as the man whispered something in her ear. Marty was tempted to float in there and find out what they were talking about. Hear her laugh. Hear her voice. But, instead, he just remained there. She seemed so happy.

He turned away and floated along the sidewalk, but the image of her face flashed through him still. But he wondered if he really missed her, or something deeper.

“Hey Marty, how’s it going?”

“Oh. Hey.” Marty greeted Samuel. They were both on a rooftop. Marty watched the world below.

“You know it’s not going to work.”

“What?”

“You know…” Samuel motioned to the ledge. “You know, cause you’re dead.”

“Yeah. I know.”

“Believe me. I tried. I knew it wouldn’t work, but I figured what’s the worst that could happen?”

“Yeah…You know, Samuel?”

“What’s up, Marty?”

“Do you think this is punishment? Being something that exists between existence and non-existence?”

“Hmm. Probably.”

“But for what?”

“I dunno. Look, there’s no point in dwelling on it. There’s nothing you can do about it. Look, I try to see this as an opportunity. You can float through walls, through ceilings. You can discover things about people you would never know otherwise–”

“You can watch your loved ones die.”

Samuel was silent. “Yeah. That part isn’t very good. Watching my wife…and not being able to do anything about it.”

Marty looked at Samuel.

“But, the most painful thing was not being able to tell her that everything was okay. That she can move on.”

Marty stared back down at the city streets. He suddenly wished he could speak to anyone and anything. Funnily, he wasn’t much of a “people person” when he was flesh and blood.

“But it’s all in the past now. I’m just glad that she doesn’t have to go through this hell with me. Seems like she was able to ‘pass through’ or whatever.”

“…At least we can see the end of the universe.”

“Yeah, that’ll be cool. And then there’ll just be us.”

“…Yeah…”

“You know, I think they’re gonna have a space launch pretty soon. Wanna come? It’s about 500 miles away, but I think if we go now we can make it and haunt the space shuttle. That’ll be kinda cool.”

Marty didn’t respond.

“Well, guess I’ll see ya in a few months. Take care.”

Marty watched as Samuel slowly floated down from the ledge and along the side of the building, descending into the street. Marty hoped who wouldn’t end-up like that. Marty had known Samuel for years before he started to change. Samuel had been a spirit longer than he had, but in recent years he mentally started to change. He soon forgot his own past. His name wasn’t even Samuel nor did he ever have a wife. But, he forgot himself and, within the void, created a new past. Marty wondered how long it would take for that to happen to him. To lose her face smiling through his bones. Or, whatever he had now…

He shook his head and started to descend after “Samuel.”


Written for 13 Days of Samhain and Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Above image courtesy of Renate Vanaga at Unsplash.

The Enemy

There was no sky, just the bending of grey. The upper branches of the trees were obscured, and the soldiers were hardly able to see 10 feet in front of them due to the high grass and thickening mist.

Their rifles were drawn, waiting for a dark figure to fire upon, but the tension was never released. Instead, they kept marching, but always on-guard, anticipating the enemy to take advantage of their predicament.

“Wait!” The captain said. They all stopped, their eyes shifting across the surrounding fog.

“What–”

“Sh!” The captain tried to listen, but only silence came. He thought he had heard something. Maybe it was this damn jungle getting to him. He doesn’t know how long they’ve been marching. The hours are no longer present, tucked away behind the grey. After a moment, they kept moving.

The shadows kept pushing through the grass, through the dimming jungle. The captain, like the rest of them was getting tired, but they had to keep going. There were in a terrible spot; the enemy could easily swoop in and–

“Hello.” The soldiers stopped. They all pointed their rifles. “I’m sorry, I wasn’t expecting anyone so soon. Um, you want to sit down?” The man sitting on the stool sipped on his herbal tea and nodded. The soldiers were a bit confused. “Man, it’s getting foggy.”

“Sir,” one of the soldiers whispered to the captain, “I think this guy might be a diversion. Or a dumbass.”

“Agreed.” The captain stepped closer to the man, his rifle fixed at the man’s forehead. “Better step aside.” But the man barely budged. He smiled.

“Man, you’re a bit feisty. You know you can step around me.”

The captain was getting annoyed. “Just who the hell do you think you are?” The man was wearing some normal business attire. He looked nothing like the enemy, he thought. “Are you a civilian. Just what the hell are you doing here?”

“Just watchin’. I wanted to get a ground-level perspective. Plus, I put the settings on random.”

“Just what the hell you talking about?”

“Sir, we’ve got to go.”

“You’re right. You better come with us if you want to survive. I doubt you’re with the enemy. Come. Unless you want to be blown to bits.”

The man shrugged. “Sure, I guess.” And he got up from his stool. “Just one thing, have you figured out what this ‘enemy’ is?”

The captain stopped for a moment and looked at the man. “Well, of course we know who the enemy is.” The man grinned and joined the soldiers as they continued their march. But as they moved, the captain couldn’t stop thinking. He knew who the enemy was; yet, he couldn’t recall the name or their faces. Must have been the damn fog getting to him.


Written for 13 Days of Samhain.

Ordinary Folk

She didn’t understand why she had to stand there, why she had to get all dressed-up and with her lips done. Well, she knew why, but she just didn’t understand why things couldn’t be different. Fear and disdain churned in her stomach as she eyed her father.

“Ok. You look good.”

“Father, why do I have to do this?”

“Oh, you know why,” he said emotionlessly as he made some slight adjustments to her dress.

“But, there’s one of him and a hundred of us. Why do we have to put up with him?”

“Well, honey, that’s just the way things are. And plus, he’s all-powerful. And we’re just simple folk.”

She didn’t know how to argue against this.

“Now, when he comes, pretend that you don’t want to go.”

“But I don’t.”

“And start crying. He likes that I hear.”

“Dad,” she sighed. “Will I ever see you again?”

Her father looked down. “I…it will be fine.” There was a knock at the door. Silence fell across the room. The father gulped and nodded to his daughter. “Stand up straight. Get ready to cry. But not right away.”

“Dad…”

He stepped over to the door and opened it. A tall, gaunt figure stood there. His eyes were dark and cold.

“Good evening, my lord. Please come in.”

The lord stepped silently into the room. The father shut the door behind him. “Small house…” The lord observed.

“Yes. Um…well, here is my daughter. Ready to be your…well…”

The daughter stood-up straight and watched as the lord slowly moved over to him. She had seen him numerous times before, but always at a distance. A coldness shot through her blood as she saw his eyes cast themselves on her.

His hand suddenly snatched her face, assessing her features.

“I guess she will do. Come.”

“Right, thank you my lord.”

The lord didn’t say anything. The daughter started to follow the lord but stopped to give her father one last hug. But it was brief as the lord’s patience shouldn’t be tested. The lord and his new servant stepped into the darkness and snow and headed towards the castle at the top of the hill.


Written for 13 Days of Samhain.

Forward

Imagine this: a sheet of paper
Stretching flat for miles and miles,
For years and years, until
A necessary distortion, a tiny
Scratch with no real owner.
A slight ripple comes, but flatness
Quickly returns, not seeing
The light burp of particulates
Spreading. Years and years,
Miles and miles, the particulates
Escape from the scratch
And tumble among themselves
Until heavy things start to form.
The heavy things are too heavy
For the paper, and start bending
Flatness until gravity and dimensionality
Occur. The flatness is gone.
The paper becomes a misformed
Space. That’s how I often see it.

We believe in the peace
Before the great occurrence,
But it wasn’t even peace.
This complexity is just the face
Of a dying system, you might say,
It will never be whole, never be
Flat again, but this is just another
Feeling that humans have.
We’re not big fans of the chaos
We choose to see. What happened
To Paradise, what happened
To Singularity? We tell ourselves
We can never go back, dressing
Ourselves and distant suns
With the voices of misery.


Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #158.

Entombed

Watch the darkness searching
The halls. The whispers that creep
From crevices serve no deterrence.
It continues, passing along
The dust, the abandoned rooms,
A soul shambling. It doesn’t see
Us as we follow–it’s become
A sad theater; an echoless shape
Sifting slowly, tirelessly, beyond
The meanings of desire. It discarded
Its face long ago.


Written for 13 Days of Samhain.

Jerry’s Remedy

After a while, Jerry got tired of himself. He just wasn’t that great. Wished he was better. So he drove over to his sister’s house and to see if she could help.

“What do you mean?”

“Like I don’t. I just feel like such an idiot. And I don’t want to be that anymore.”

“Hm. I mean, I don’t think you’re that dumb.”

“Thanks for the support.”

“But let me see what I can do. Come on.”

They both went down to her basement. In the center was the cauldron bubbling with a thick, green liquid; its steam emanated and smacked Jerryin the face. It also smelled.

His sister, Tanya, walked over to the cauldron and dug her arm into the green ooze. “Hm. Okay. Let’s try…this!” She pulled out a large eyeball and handed it to her brother.

Jerry looked down at the giant eyeball, placed it in his mouth and chewed.

“Whoa! What are you doing?”

“Hm?”

“You weren’t supposed to eat that! You were supposed to keep it by your bed every night for a week.”

Jerry spat out the remains onto the floor.

“Hey!”

“Ugh!” But the foul taste clung to his tongue. 

“Hey, you’re cleaning that up! Geez. You know, I think your problem is that you don’t think before you do things.”

“Yeah, but sometimes I overthink. And when I overthink it’s over the wrong things at the wrong time!”

“Yeah, well…can’t help you with that. You’re just going to have to deal with that for the rest of your life. Being you.” She went back upstairs then came down with a broom and mop. Jerry proceeded to sweep up the pink and red gooey remnants into the dustpan then mopped the area. Jerry then left his sister’s house, forgetting to put the broom and mop away, and headed home. As he drove he tried to think of all the ways he’s actually decent; that way, he could actually manage to live with himself. However, that’s when he realized he swerved into the other lane, nearly colliding into an oncoming car. Fortunately, he managed to miss the other vehicle and crash into a nearby tree. 

“Hey sis, can you pick me up?” He heard a sigh on the other line and just sat there, not wanting to get out of the car just yet. 


A truly spooky story written for 13 Days of Samhain. Today’s prompt was “Cauldron of Spells”.

The Importance of Spice

“And that is how I will end farm subsidies.” A smattering of applause. The candidate sits back down on his wobbly stool. 

“Okay,” the moderate says, “our next question comes from Kathy. She’s from Michigan.”

Kathy emerges from the audience and walks over to the mic in front of the stage. “Hello. I have a–”

“Hello,” the candidate says.

“Um. Hello. Um. I have a question.”

“Yes. What is it Kathy?”

“Well, what are you going to do about the pumpkin spice shortage? Okay that is my question. Bye.”

“Well, Kathy, that is a very good question. When I become mayor, I will assure you, I will make some very good phone calls.” 

“…Alright next question. This one is from Lyle. He’s in-between states now. Lyle?”

“Um. Hi. Well, I was–”

“Hi.”

“…Hi. My question is, once you become mayor, what will you do about the pumpkin spice shortage. When I’m going to work I need my pumpkin spice latte. Okay. Bye.”

“Lyle. Good question. Great question…”

“…Okay, now we have time for one more question. This one is from Kathy. She is from Michigan. Go ahead, Kathy.”

“Hello. My question is for the candidate.”

“Hello.”

“My question is–”

“Hello.”

“…Hello. My question is regarding recent news involving insider trading. Also, pumpkin spice. Where is it going? And how can we get more? Are we going to have to dig for more?”

“Well, Kathy, I–”

“Bye.”

“…Well, Kathy. Once I become elected as this town’s mayor, I will assure you that we will kill so many pumpkins. They will all die. And we will have pumpkin spice for years and years. Enough for you, for your children, and for our Chinese shareholders.” 

And with that, the candidate became the mayor and his plan was executed accordingly. He dispatched paramilitary death squads to infiltrate and assassinate pumpkins on the outskirts of town where the Jamba Juice used to be. Then companies came in and converted their remains into delicious, delicious pumpkin spice. The economy thrived. Kathy wasn’t aware of this because she didn’t live in that town.

However, one night, while the town was asleep, something started to arise from the nearby trees. It came down the hill and onto the main street. It was a swarm. Of killer pumpkins. And they were very, very displeased. 

Once the pumpkins killed everyone in town they all kind-of looked at each other. “Now what?” Some returned to the forest to hang out and be all friendly with each other and chill. Other pumpkins, however, remained in the town, occupying the roles once belonging to humans. Some became police officers, others doctors and pediatricians. Some even ran for mayor. I’m sure there’s a point hidden here somewhere, but if you find it don’t tell me; I would rather not know. Ok bye. 


Written for day 4 of 13 Days of Samhain.