The stars must have lined up just right, because Bud knew nothing about astrology, in fact, he thought it was utter nonsense that anyone could predict a person’s future by looking at some distant suns in far-off galaxies where, for all Bud knew, the idea of humans and human fate had not yet even occurred to the local populace. But Bud needed a job pretty badly, and being a newly graduated English Major--most of his classes had concentrated on the 19th century Romantics--he couldn’t be too… Continue
Added by Brad Rose on April 30, 2009 at 6:00pm —
The boy from my hometown who was rushed to the hospital last night is stable now. His eyes were bloodshot as he bobbed to wakefulness and a nurse gave him Popsicles; she is newly certified and went to high school with me and had a baby while we were all at prom.
The media wait outside the hospital, which draws attention because the media are never in this town unless something happens that will excite the university crowd north of here. Our town is frowned upon, though our factories… Continue
Added by EE Kay on April 30, 2009 at 4:00pm —
"I'd like a ticket to New York please," she said, smiling worriedly at the ticket agent, "and, um, I know it will be hard to find a seat for me at such short notice, but I just got news of my grandma's death, you know, she'd been real sick for a long time, putting up such a good fight and, well. . . no one expected it today. . ."
She would ticket-through overseas once she reached the coast, finding this sympathy-gathering lie conveniently advantageous.
She picked the… Continue
Added by Mariah on April 30, 2009 at 3:30pm —
That little dirt bag better show up like we planned, I thought, trying to remain calm amidst all the unidentified clatter in the alleyway. Waiting out here in this rat-hole another ten minutes was going to cost him, especially if my shoes were scuffed. It was the last time I was going to muddy my hands for anyone; he used to call me Sugar, but now all those empty promises were spent laboring under his god damn thumb.
Added by Erin Cole on April 30, 2009 at 2:24pm —
Wendy waited, wondering when the rats would come. Her childhood home lay before her, reduced from a whole entity to various bits of memory and foundation: a burnt photo here, crumbling bricks there.
She knew she had to make her move before the dust cloud settled enough for anyone to see her. Sure, it's only natural that they wouldn't assume her to be at fault, just sitting there alone, with only her suitcase. "Still, not worth the… Continue
Added by Lana on April 30, 2009 at 1:59pm —
So are you a good witch or a bad witch?
I want to be the bad witch, I need to work out some aggressions with the broom.
Fine pass me the glitter, who bent the wand?
That cock sucking wizard!
What can I say the show must go on. Here we go.
(Both chanting) Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my! Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my!
Added by Suzanne on April 30, 2009 at 1:15pm —
Hovering somewhere between disciplined fascination and primal terror, she climbed into the truck with the stranger. His scent of co-mingled cedar and fresh cut grass wafting through the open window was instantly disarming, her foot landed on the lift-off step before her brain could process the action.
She nestled into the worn leather seat cushion, relaxing her shoulders, as he negotiated the gravel under the truck's massive tires, leading them back onto the highway.
Added by Lana on April 30, 2009 at 10:27am —
Writing about her now years after her passing, I struggle with the temptation of retrojecting less than truth, aggrandizing a life already haloed with family sainthood.
Anna was older than I by five years, a good wife, a good mother of seven, a good daughter, and to all of us a good sister who lived her life in the truest sense of the word––Christian.
From her I learned to become a voracious reader and to trust God in all things, to place my life in His hands because “with… Continue
Added by Salvatore Buttaci on April 30, 2009 at 8:00am —
Velma Jean had heard enough about the annual bridal gown discount sale at Filene’s Basement to know that it was well worth the trip from Mississippi to the Big Apple to score a Vera Wang at 75% off.
No one she knew had been married in anything that wasn’t bought at J.C. Penny and Billy Joe Samekins 3rd wife was gonna make the front page of the society column in her decked out Vera, that’s all there was to it.
She figured… Continue
Added by Michael Solender on April 30, 2009 at 7:30am —
The sheriff came and told me I was very lucky, not to be home when the gas ignited.
“Must have been a big leak, to fill the house with enough gas to level it.”
I sat stunned and agreed with him, “It must have been a big leak.”
It was only supposed to be a small fire; just enough to cause enough damage and allow us move away from this rat-hole town, in this the most rotten part of the most disgusting area you could… Continue
Added by Leon Jackson Davenport on April 30, 2009 at 4:10am —
You know before the battle starts, you have lost.
We have opposable thumbs, have built skyscrapers, and other monuments to ourselves, stepped on the moon to play a little golf, but we turn to Jell-o when looked at with big brown eyes, full of emotion.
Looking into a pair of those eyes I tell the owner, “You are not going to get a treat until you finish your dinner.”
He responds by clearing his throat and turning up the eye thing a couple of notches, I quiver and… Continue
Added by Leon Jackson Davenport on April 30, 2009 at 3:28am —
These letters make words and these words make sentences and these sentences make paragraphs, and I'm tipping under the weight of them in my mind. They are in me but they can't get out because everything else gets in the way. Take notes in this class, read this book, memorize this speech, answer those ringing phones, "Hello, Can I help you?", to-do lists and the everpresent laundry piling up in my closet; everything tries to drown my words but they're still fighting to be released. My fingers… Continue
Added by Rachel Winter on April 30, 2009 at 2:05am —
He said he was a tire salesman. I traveled all the way from California to Alabama to meet this man and this is where he lives? When will I learn, Internet dating is pure fantasy. Oh, there he is, wow! He is even more gorgeous in person! Well the first thing we’ve got to work on is his job, I’m thinking we clean up this junkyard and turn it into a nice little roadside… Continue
Added by Daniel on April 30, 2009 at 1:56am —
With a single shock wave every single woman in the world was vaporized. Brandy Cringles, age 25 was the only woman left alive on the planet. She wondered why she was spared. It was now her charge to repopulate the planet and she wanted no part of it. She never liked sex to begin with. She was waiting for the first bus to Alaska and she wouldn't stop there, she would keep going all the way to the north…
Added by Jay Holmes on April 30, 2009 at 1:30am —
She worked late and it was a good thing because that A-hole Scott really did it this time.
She took the night job in town specifically because he didn't know what the fuck he was doing and someone had to pay the cable.
Sure enough, though, that night it exploded and the air was filled with that pungent smell of bleach and acid and ammonia and rotten eggs. The kind of stench you remember a lifetime later before you… Continue
Added by Anthony Venutolo on April 30, 2009 at 1:00am —
First I need to explain what type personality Mother was to make this understood as she wasn't the easy going charismatic person you'd hope in this situation but she was more the typical German of control and no nonsense or silliness, if you get what I mean.
A visit of my sister and her husband from back east meant family laughter and not knowing what to expect when it came to my brother-in-law as he always had something up his sleeve and you'd better be prepared.
As the… Continue
Added by ROBERTA on April 30, 2009 at 12:36am —
Hello fellow sixers. It's been a while since anyone posted a photo challenge... I recently came across this pretty interesting pic and figured some of you would run hog wild with it.
So who is this woman? Where is she? Why is she sitting on a suitcase? Be it quirky, funny, sad, hopeful, let's see some great sixes.
Have at… Continue
Added by Anthony Venutolo on April 30, 2009 at 12:32am —
Ok so like three laptops died within a week of each other. They were all old as dirt [four yrs-ish] but still. When the last one went someone said wow what kind of surfing practices do you employ?
I go I don't employ anything or anyone except myself and let go of the GRE words already would ya?
That made the person mad and she walked away shaking her head and wearing her short skirt and holding a three ring binder in each hand.
I'll admit she looked good and… Continue
Added by Ty Bluesmith on April 29, 2009 at 9:30pm —
levitated to high without wings
death splashed over the ocean
sipping up the ego in the tide
no colors splashed on sand
blown in the eyes calling to Earth
reflecting the salt of the body
Added by Suzanne on April 29, 2009 at 7:25pm —
Dark eyes pierce her soul as he brings her slender hand to his lips and whispers, “Ever dance with the devil in a pale moonlight?”
Her hand trembles at his tender kiss and offer. Grandpa thought she was reading another book in her locked bedroom…no one would ever know.Tall, dark and handsome leans into her throat, pulls her close, and they begin to sway to dire murmurs, ambulance sirens, and rat scatters that prick the night with evil.
An antler anointed truck approaches,… Continue
Added by JMac on April 29, 2009 at 7:00pm —