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Hamlet and James Dean Died Young

Young couple, once in love, now estranged: they discover that Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a reckless, d

about 2200 words Hamlet and James Dean Died Young by James Foley In Virginia, an hour’s drive south of D.C., there’s a huge white house—built in the 1890s out on a point on the Chesapeake. And this summer when I drove there for a Wednesday-evening literary-club meeting, a gale was churning the water in front and on both sides of the house. And somehow on that lightning-blasted...Read On

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The Secrets of Another -- Part 3

Jennifer has a sudden encounter with William.

  III WHERE THE RAINS POUR   “ Love will find its way through paths where wolves would fear to prey. ” —Lord Byron   She closed her eyes to hold back the urge to hyperventilate and listened to the muffled drops of rain that fell upon the roof of the car. Her head sank, and she took several deep breaths. The tight nerves and stiff muscles unclenched soon enough, and when she...Read On

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The King Returns

The Myna sang in the heat of the day. Warm breeze blowing through the tall Maasai grass.  The hunter crept quietly toward his prey.  Stopping nose in the air.  Slow step by step.  His movement fluid and determined.  Low grunt, tail twitched. His nose filled with his prey scent.  Eyes flash. Muscle tense.  The King.  The mighty African Lion.  Charges his prey.  Rolling with huge paws...Read On

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V2

When she awoke she was alone.

 

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Turnabout

Things are not always as they appear

    Lifting the receiver she dials, waiting as each ring seems to take an eternity, then he answers. "He doesn't suspect a thing. I promise." "But he seems to look at me like he knows. I keep waiting for him to say something." "Don't lose control, he has no idea; I would bet my life on it." "If you're wrong, you already have. You know what he'll do. You've seen him in action." ...Read On

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Black Dog - Chapter 6

A visitor interrupts Olivia's work on the house.

Olivia woke to slippery blood on her thighs, her nightdress clinging. She got up, the cradle of leaden pain between her hips making her slow and clumsy as she stripped the sheets to see that she'd bled through to the mattress. This was not an auspicious start to her plans. Even before entering the house, she'd noticed the weathered and cracked paintwork, the slates missing from the roof,...Read On

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Same Thing, Isn’t It?

Humorously found in translation...

My daughter recently ran off a playful string of inarticulate sounds and noises, and then asked me if she had said anything. Did what she just say have any meaning? I informed no, and said it was just gibberish. “British?” she proudly queried. “I can speak British?” “No,” I corrected. “You spoke nonsense. Gobbledegook. Gibberish.” She devilishly grinned, “Same thing, isn’t it?” I’ve got...Read On

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Holding Sweet Dee

The bond they share makes beautiful music .....

After I finish the chores, the drudgery that is each day, I prepare for my time with Dee. She is simply the longest, most loving relationship I have ever had and tonight needs to be special. I light candles and turn down the stereo, wanting the mood to be perfect. It is our first time in such a long time. We used to have these little get togethers every day, now they are becoming far to rare...Read On

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Words

One day a few words came together with the intention of knowing which was the best. But one of them questioned the question because each word has a peculiar resonance. And each resonance activates in the brain the light that illuminates thought. But in order for this to happen, it is necessary that several lights be lit consecutively, forming a prayer. It is necessary for the words to walk...Read On

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Honky Tonk Bar

We can dance if we want to

 

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Jesse Gets Fixed

The hits just keep on coming.

The night was sticky and hot and I was sweating plenty even though it was well past sunset. Gravel crunched beneath my shoes, echoed loud off abandoned buildings. This neighborhood wasn’t safe after dark but I was hurting and needed to be here. A five-inch blade was folded up in my pocket just in case. Manny’s black Ford sat rusting in its usual spot, five spaces over from the back door of...Read On

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Journey to the Core of Fear

Despite the inhospitable terrain, exploration was short-lived. Although we had the necessary resources, it was not possible to identify the source of the problem. And that is how I told the Commission. The expedition had been planned for a maximum of three hours, but when it was time to return we had a serious problem. The exit way was blocked. And fear made its appearance. We didn't know how...Read On

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Always With Me

I look for you Then I see You're always  All around me The soft kiss Of dew on leaves The bright sun That shines with energy The tender sunset As the day relaxes Day to night Night to day Always with me In your loving ways Sounds and smells Remind me how near you are A smile A memory  A feeling I have A heartbeat away You're with me always  ...Read On

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Black Dog - Chapter 5

Olivia's first night alone at Lockwood House.

Twilight had surrendered to the full dark of night before Olivia remembered to call her mum and let her know that the funeral had proceeded without incident (mostly) and that she was settling in. "Don't forget it's only a couple of weeks before you start at the library," said her mum. "I haven't forgotten." "It's a good job for you, and I don't want you wearing yourself out over all...Read On

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100 years and still far to travel

I am thankful and celebrating today. I’m sitting on a knitting box. My neighbour’s overwhelmingly colourful, cluttered living room feels like a sweat box as I watch her pull her blankets tighter. Believe it or not, I’m smiling, ignoring the sweat gathering at my nape. Chatting, learning, eating cake and pretending to drink tea. Sounds less than marvelous to most I guess- but it is. ...Read On

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The Secrets of Another -- Part 2

When Jennifer returns to an old habit, she's confronted with something sinister.

  II     UPON THE EDGE OF REALITY     “ The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. ”   —H. P. Lovecraft   The forecast called for heavy cloud cover, with a high chance of rain into the evening. The overall temperature slightly increased as the week went on, and averaged somewhere between forty and...Read On

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Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 18

“I don't think so,” she replied curtly. “I save lives, I don't take them!”

Athens. December 08 th 1941   After the traumatic journey from Trieste, Maria settled into a reasonably normal routine of taking care of running of the Polytechnic |Hospital. This hospital was a satellite facility to care of the initial influx of casualties after the invasion of Greece.   By the middle of July, all the patients had been either transferred to the main...Read On

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The past of the future

“I want to talk to you because I would like to confess you that there is something that happens to me frequently. Some of my thoughts materialize sooner or later. When I think something bad is going to happen, it really happens. I no longer know if I am the one who causes them to happen, or maybe the explanation is that I can see what is going to happen. I have to know if I am the cause,...Read On

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Is It Just Me?

Is it just me… or has anyone else noticed that our sneaky ass markets went from 12-ounce cans to 10-ounce? So now when a recipe calls for a 12-ounce can of weasel nuts, our calculations are all messed up and the recipe is screwed. Is it just me… or has anyone else noticed that paper towels don’t absorb as much anymore? They just don’t wick up liquids like they used to. I find myself...Read On

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The Secrets of Another -- Part 1

A small town resident, Jennifer Hazelwood has an enchanting encounter with a stranger.

  I     FROM THE DEPTHS OF SOLITUDE       “ Social or physical barriers kindle romantic passion. They enable one to discard the facts and focus on the terrific qualities of the other. ”   —Helen Fisher   Autumn has come. The air cooled, leaves began to fall, and the people of Riverhaven try to avoid traversing the town when the sun fades below the horizon. Nights grew longer,...Read On

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The Whim of Evil

The dawn surprised him with a deep despair. The last hope of finding his daughter alive had vanished. Red thoughts of red vengeance invaded his heart, interrupted by the intermittent memories of her little one's childhood. The killer, an old friend. The murder, slow strangulation. Black lights, black shadows. The trial. A small room. The defendant, the judges and him. Verdict: guilty. ...Read On

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The Garbage Man Returns, But Things Have Changed...

It happened at Rump's Bar one Friday night...

After my stay at the Salem State Sanitarium, Planetarium, and Hair Care Centre, I returned to a hazy Rump’s Bar - the scene of the infamous crime - and things had changed. Now sporting the stylish reverse Mohawk, affectionately called the Escobar Air Strip, one could spin me around blindfolded and I’d always find Uranus. My neck wound had healed, but I’d lost my hand-eye coordination....Read On

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The Death of G-Man, Say it Isn't So

I wasn't raging my attire was making me cranky. The Glad lady shows poor manners and tries to undo my dress or so I thought. What is she doing? Through the haze that lingers in the air, I see my beloved fall to the floor. This can't be the end! "Sergeant do something! Zip up, do your job, call for help and arrest her." I continue to sob and not rage. But miracles do happen. I see my...Read On

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Walled City

Night falls when it seems I am alone, and I know all those things I have learned need to be remembered for the future, more especially the truth and not those lies that can be found in-between most things like blue on black, or black on blue. As I stand here in what seems to be a courtyard in a city of shadows where sound can be heard echoing off the dark tiles and enclosed by dark walls...Read On

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Udo

Udo The strange silhouette was drawing itself on the orange background of neon lights. The newcomer was surprised by that appearance and did not want to continue contemplating it. So he closed his eyelids tightly and began to pray. Someone spoke very slowly in his ear: "Don't you know Udo? Udo is burdening with the weight of the souls of the people of this town and of those who visit it,...Read On

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Udo

Udo The strange silhouette was drawing itself on the orange background of neon lights. The newcomer was surprised by that appearance and did not want to continue contemplating it. So he closed his eyelids tightly and began to pray. Someone spoke very slowly in his ear: "Don't you know Udo? Udo is burdening with the weight of the souls of the people of this town and of those who visit it,...Read On

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Flying

I gave my last class at the University of Florence today. I'm flying to Jerusalem tomorrow. And never better said. I am going to check the flying machine that I have designed, and it will allow me to fly great distances in a few hours. I showed Leonardo my project, and he was impressed with the way I solved the machine's support in the air and its movement. At the moment Leonardo devotes all...Read On

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The plane...

Yesterday, I was surfing the net while I saw a job post at the airport. I have already applied before, but hearing no news. Despite that, I applied again hopelessly. When I studied at the university, I dreamed of working at the airport while my fellows were talking mostly about teaching and how to be a good teacher. After my graduation, I was full of life and determined to achieve my goals...Read On

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Straining

A man has to do, what a man has to do.

It's hot out. The sun was blazing. Not ten minutes into the journey and it broke down. Now I'm on foot. Sweat dripped from my forehead. Cars passed me by. They honked and waved. Do they stop and help? Oh No, they just drove by. Some laughed at my situation. I had to press on regardless. She had to have it. So I got it for her. Now I'm stuck. The journey must be completed. A...Read On

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Strained

The wires screeched in protest as the strain on them pushed them towards their limit

The wires screeched in protest as the strain pushed them towards their limit. There was nothing she could do but cover her ears and wait as the unbearable cacophony built to a terrifying crescendo and then... it happened! The strain on the wires became too much and with a fearsome twang the first one failed and whipped back, released from its torment. She waited, the silence deafening,...Read On