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Our drama category is for fans of stories filled with feeling, focusing on strong dialogue and well-rounded character development. Tragedy is a common theme, with gritty, realistic emotions driving the story. Readers are given clear insight into characters' thoughts and taken on a deep and sometimes courageous journey. Please send in your dramatic fiction or take a look at one of the emotive entries below.


First Christmas

But, she had never celebrated Christmas before.

“Mommy,” his small voice was shaky as he stood in the doorway of his mother’s room. As she did most nights, Simone had fallen asleep sitting up with her back against the wall, surrounded by a sea of open text books and study notes. She heard the call but it was lost in the midst of a dream and the beautiful cries of violins. The dress she wore swayed as she danced. The tall, dark...Read On


The Body

The Body There’s a body over there, on the Common, lying there, unmoving. I wonder why it’s laying so still? Not my problem, is it? All I wanted to do was to walk Lucy, my sweet little Westie, the same as I have nearly every morning these past three years since Elsie went. I still miss her. Fifty-three years wed and barely a cross word between us. She was a woman in a million was my Elsie. ...Read On


Boss: Finally Home

This is one kinda from Boss' POV when she first got home from the war... Iraq/Afgan, fyi

(All of the "If You're Reading This"s comes from the song titled "If You're Reading This" by Tim McGraw. The letter was inspired by that song and "Letters From Home" by John Michael Montgomery as well as "I'm Already There" by Lonestar and "A Soldier's Memoir" by Joe Bachman). The plane touches down and Jennifer stands when the other passengers do. Within this plane, at least, she seemed to...Read On


Philena: Nobody Cares

"Every day is one more inch of a slow blade sinking in. Vision fading, suffocating inside my own skin... And I'm fighting the stranger in my eyes, and I know that only one of us will survive. If I can't save us, I've got to save myself. I can't stay here in this place... I'm slowly freaking out, I'm slowly freaking out and out and out again." - Skylar Grey, Slowly Freaking Out. Eight...Read On


Broken Mirrors - Shattered Dreams 5

Lou has a secret that threatens to destroy her sister's happiness

**Note to my wonderful readers** I have slightly changed the tone of telling this story. It should not detract in any way from the story itself. Sorry it has been so long in between installments. I am still in draft mode. xx *** Several days after losing my virginity to Oliver, I am still feeling weird in his company. Meal times are especially hard without Savannah to cause distractions....Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Last Chapter

Well, little brother, I don't know how to sum up the past couple days. Actually, I don't even feel like writing them down. I think I'm getting lazy here. Forgive me. Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about family lately. The first thing that pops into my head is how lucky I've been to have dad. I hope you can meet him someday. I hope I can meet you. And see mom again. Maybe we will in the...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 12

The visions of her flash through my mind. The way her pretty blond hair swings back and forth while she skips. Her eyes bright, her smile wide. She's happy. I shut my eyes to get rid of the rest of the memory. She was happy and that's what I want to remember. Holding the blue bracelet to my chest, I try to slow my heartbeat. Every part of me seems to still hurt but I can tell it will...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 11

If Kayden hadn't stopped me, I would have made it to him in time. I watch the elevator doors close and I see Mason's blond hair disappear behind it. At the last second he turned around and saw me. I watch him move quickly to the center of the elevator, trying to make sure it was really me, that I was really following him. I turn back to Kayden and let out a huge sigh of annoyance. ...Read On


Lending Fate a Hand

Such a beautiful smile for such a sad girl, I'm sorry this happened to you.

Where was he? Nothing looked familiar to him. He was in a white room and it was empty. People were yelling around him but he didn't see anyone. Someone was running past him and felt air rush by his face. Reaching up, he touched his face and pulled his hand back when he felt something wet. Looking down, he was blood. He touched his face again to find more blood. Pulling off his shirt,...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 10

"What made you realize it was me?" I finally ask with a shaky voice and still not meeting his eyes. I hadn't told Mads about any of this yet, but I was going to eventually. "Your dad." Just as I look up at him, he looks away. "When I saw him with you after the shooting...It was like...everything I was hoping wasn't true... was." My head spins for a moment. "Wait, did my dad know who you...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 9

It's like I'm at the beach in the ocean, treading water, when all of the sudden a wave knocks me over and sucks me into darkness. I open my eyes and look at Mason but there isn't any emotion on his face. My heart breaks when I realize that the little girl, his sister, died because her own brother saved someone else. I was trying to save her. I clench my jaw to keep my pain settled...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 8

How could I be so selfish? Now that I think about how I acted with Kayden when I first found out about Mads getting shot, I feel immensely stupid. I never once thought about how that news affected him. Only me. They were practically going out. I don't know why I thought about it as I come back from the bathroom in the hospital, but I do. I walk back in Madeline's room and am about...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 7

My dad turns down the hall to go get me some food. I hadn't realized how hungry I was until a random person walked past me with a bag of Wendy's and I inhaled that bag of fries. Meanwhile, I turn right and go to Madeline's room. When I get there someone is already talking to her. I know that blond hair. He comes running to me before I make it in to her room. "Mass!" Kayden says with so...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 6

I was only five minutes in to the first episode of Castle when I hear a light tap on the door. My back is to the door but that didn't stop me from hearing it open. "You okay?" My dad asks me. I turn to look at him and shake my head. "Not really, dad. No." He gives me a sympathetic look and sits down on my bed next to me. He's about to say something then looks at me. He looks guilty....Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 5

When I open my eyes, I notice my dad isn't laying with me anymore. I fell asleep on the couch after I got home and spilled everything to my dad. Well, not everything. I left out the kissing part. Just that the guy who shot at us left us, not knowing he missed. I know I shouldn't have lied but I didn't want him to get the wrong idea about Mason. I didn't even know how I felt about Mason. I...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 4

Actually, I didn't fall asleep. I passed out. At least, that's what the doctors told me. I remember leaning up against the wall, my head on Mason's shoulder and then nothing until I heard chaos and woke up from someone shaking me awake. Once Mason helped me up and we were rushed outside with the rest of the school, the doctors outside who were checking everyone that exited the building...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 3

It's like every muscle in my body tensed up and I stopped breathing right when the lights came on. I couldn't talk. My throat felt like someone had punched it. I squeeze my eyes shut but Mason's hand on mine made me open them again. His blue eyes had a mixture of fear and something else I couldn't quite describe. Footsteps. I hear footsteps. I look at him and shake my head. I shake...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 2

Yeah, I wasn't thinking about lunch by the time I got out of my first class. I was thinking of ways to get Mason to stop staring and glaring and looking at me. Today was just a note taking day and I was aware that the entire time he kept glancing at me. At one point, I looked at him straight in the eyes with the hardest glare I could come up with... he just smirked at me. Needless to say,...Read On


The Moment He Saved Me Again- Chapter 1

A fresh new start for Massie. She's had enough crap in her life...or has she?

Hey again brother who doesn't know me or that I'm writing to or that will even get these someday...oh let's face it I'm just writing this as a therapy session for myself...anyway... I've only been here one week. It's not too bad here, either. Don't get me wrong, I hate moving schools and it sort of sucks but I enjoy seeing the different states. This is the third one I've been to in the...Read On


Broken Mirrors Shattered Dreams 4

Lou has a secret that threatens to destroy her sister's happiness

Author's note: Warning - this chapter contains adult themes, nudity, and a sex scene. Reader discretion is advised. Chapter Four June, 2011, Wichita, KS When I woke, the sun was high and already the scorching heat of the day penetrated the roof of the homestead. The scented candlesticks on my dresser had begun to tilt to one side. I threw on a cotton dress, minus a bra;...Read On


Broken Mirrors Shattered Dreams 3

Lou has a secret that threatens to destroy her sister's happiness

Chapter 3 June, 2011, Wichita, KS  Next morning at breakfast, Annie and Savannah were in the kitchen. The bus would be at the gate soon. They were busy packing Savannah’s summer vacation bag as I stuffed my face with another slice of peanut butter and jelly on toast. My cheek was still tender, but I was surprised the bruise hadn’t come up – yet. It felt tender to touch, that was all. ...Read On


Broken Mirrors Shattered Dreams 2

Lou has a secret that threatens to destroy her sister's happiness

1999, Wichita, KS  When I was seven years old, I lived alone without my sister Annie. The old couple who cared for me, seemed to accept me, but I missed my family. Johnny came to visit often, but he was reluctant to talk about my father or my sister on his visits. We had fun together. He spoiled me whenever he came to town. He’d claim it was for business, but I never saw him do any....Read On


Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

Two boys decide to play with firecrackers with unexpected results.

The two firecrackers flew through the hot, dry air and exploded with almost simultaneous BANGS. The report echoed off of the surrounding woods and just as quickly as it came, it was gone again. Steven reached into the brown paper bag that lay at his feet, withdrawing another two M-80 firecrackers that he had bought when his family went to Myrtle Beach the previous summer. He handed one to...Read On


From the short story: The Boy In The Leaves

from Short Stories and Other Imaginings for The Reading Spot

from Short Stories and Other Imaginings for The Reading Spot by J.D. Holiday All Rights Reserved Copyright 2014 by J.D. Holiday A small boy laid there, motionless. Unlike the leaves around him he lay undisturbed by the wind gust. Max stepped away. It was just a little kid. He looked asleep, his dark skin was a shade of blue and purple, almost translucent. Thin...Read On


Broken Mirrors Shattered Dreams 1

True Love: Expecting the unexpected and learning to accept what cannot be undone

Note to readers: Here it comes - the sequel to Fifteen Shards of Broken Glass - Gracie-Lou's story! Enjoy! - PLJ Prologue I hate being criticized. I have been criticized for as long as I can remember. Living in the shadow of my older sister, Annie, and not being able to live up to the memory of a ghost, I feel as though I am the one forgotten. Who am I? Well,...Read On


A Godly Affair

After a sensation created by fraud doctor, God comes to Earth to teach him a lesson.

1 "Repay your debt in a week or shut down your dispensary." Mr. Mehta ordered. "Please sir, give me some more time. Do you think I am a fraud?" Dr. Lal replied. "Certainly you are, Jackass! I missed out the enlightenment course of Holy Siddeshwar Maharaj. I couldn't even visit his Ashram and you are responsible for it. Remember, this is the last warning. One more delay in payment and...Read On


SDF 2016

The crew of JDS Azumaya must stop a rogue JMSDF vessel from inciting a war with America.

JDS Azumaya Kongo-class Destroyer Japanese Territorial Waters CO: Captain Shinsui Hirayama 1500 hours Lieutenant Commander Tadayuki Nomata looked around the CIC with pride, allowing himself a small smile at the air of efficient, purposeful activity around him. Even though the bridge was thought of as the most important part of the ship, the Combat Information Centre was the nerve centre...Read On


The cave

Trapped while exploring a cave

The boy lay in the darkness, blacker than the darkest night. He had no concept of how long he had been there, only that the end was near. His arms were folded tightly against his chest and the walls of the narrow passage pressed against him like the weight of a whole mountain was upon him. The panic had long since gone and he had resigned himself to his fate. He knew he would probably...Read On


Black Rose (Chapter 13-End)

13 “Demir, I found her! I’ve been looking for her in all the wrong places all these years. She is back in Halfeti, working as a –” “As a what? Where?” Demir asked with obvious impatience. Aker stopped himself from saying anything further. “Well, my dear Dr. Polat,” he continued with a fake yawn, “I’ll call you first thing in the morning. When we are both...Read On


Black Rose (Chapter 10-12)

10 “Demir, this hurts too much. Let me die. Please.” “Melek, my sweetheart, we are almost there. I’m so sorry you are hurting so much. But Aker will take excellent care of you. We can’t possibly find more capable hands in hiding. And I’ll be by your side the whole time.” Melek kept begging him to let her die. When they reached Aker’s clinic, a makeshift operating table was...Read On