It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.

March of the Slabs

It started on March 1st. Or rather, it ended on March 1st. The world as she knew it, that is.First, GPS and satellite communications went silent, and contact with the ISS was lost. Within twelve hours, the rain of fire started. Satellites, abandoned boosters, and all the junk humans had polluted Earth’s orbit with began to fall. Most of it burned up in the atmosphere or landed in the sea, but that still left enough to bring devastation to population centers world-wide.For people in remote areas...

Instant friendship

Instant friendshipThe bell rang, Tom quickly pack his bag and ran home. He knew there were delicious food awaiting him as today was his eighth birthday. Upon arriving home, he was astonished by the scenes of almost empty corridor. Everything was being packed. Suddenly, Mom told him to go up to his room and pack everything because they would be moving to the city later that night. Though he didn...

Dark Times

My name is Reed a simple girl who lives in a village with many friends but I'm too scared to share anything." Hey Reed! "Said, Grove."Hey." I said, in a low voice."Hey what's the matter scare bear." Said, Grove."I don't want to talk about it Grove!" I said, a little bit louder."Sigh you won't talk about anything these days." Said, Grove."Ever since you said your parents went on a business trip you haven't been happy or cheerful.""I said I don't want to talk about it!" I shouted at him."Hey ...

I Am Glad I've Moved On

I don’t know how I got here and I don’t know how I’m getting back. Am I going back? It’s a strange predicament I seem to be in and I’m not sure quite what to do. I don’t really know where I am but things seem vaguely familiar in a way. I see an overweight elderly lady, rather ‘well to do’ by the look of it. “Excuse me” I begin and she ignores me. “Hello” I repeat louder this time. But there’s no reply. Not even ...

Foiled Again

Abracadabra adjusted his bowtie. From one of the many hidden pockets of his tuxedo, he pulled a deck of cards. He would pass the time as he waited the way he always did: with a magic trick. He was perched on the edge of the huge stone fountain in Millennium Plaza: a park nestled among the skyscrapers situated at the exact center point of the city. Shuffling the cards in a most ostentatious display, he cal...

A life lost forever

This was supposed to be the happiest day of their life, a boring yet adventurous one…“Ma’am, the whole tour of Humayun’s tomb will cost you only Rs.500...”…” No, thank you, we are not interested..”…”Ma’am please take this opportunity to discover the grand tomb of the Second Mughal Emperor”...After much negotiations,the price was finally set at 300..But the tourists were least interested in this deal…Even I then left the persuasion…It was 5:00 pm by then…That day, I earned a meagre amount of 350 rupees from a group of Korean tou...

My Descendant

I’m thinking to myself what is a descendant. I found out that it’s a person, a plant animal or cartoon character that is descended from a particular ancestor. Knowing that vital information and the understanding where I was descendant from of all people my real biological cartoon grandmother could have slept with the squinty eye Popeye the Sailor Man. Now I would have never thought that he was a make belief cartoo...

Vappy and Me

Today is the day of the market. Mum sends me every year and every year the market gets bigger, more people from all over trading things that I have never even seen before. This year, Mum got a garden and grew some purple weeds, Vartines, that help with different stuff. I don't know how she can tell the difference between any of the weeds, they all look the same to me but it is like she has a third eye that gives her information about these plants."Remember," Mum croaked. "Keep the Vartines in their separate jars, you don't see them...

Behind the emerald door

As if needed, Benjamin arrives. He offers a cup of dark coffee -two sugars, no milk to Zane. This routine was already set in motion before Benjamin came to work with Zane. Every morning at exactly 8:15, not a second later, the butler, whether that is Benjamin or the guy before him, Stewart, or even the man before Stewart, would enter Zane’s oversized dressing room with the black substance.  Then, a little...

So Close Away

It was just another peaceful afternoon in the quaint little town of Beledonna . The people were finally retiring, exhausted from their day's work .The streets were so quiet. One or two store owners could still be seen pulling down the shutters. A group of sophisticated women were busy gossiping about their so called new discoveries of the day, and debating on who's story was the most chucklesome. The train lazily chugged...

The Estranged Cousin

“Now, Mrs. Wentworth. You said you wanted to make some changes to your will regarding your niece and nephew, is that correct?” The man speaking was a tall, broad chested middle aged man in a grey wool tailored suit and gray hair brushed in a comb over. “Yes Rowland, that is correct. Can you please read out what I previously had down for Fredrick and Beatrix?” Mrs. Wentworth was a small wom...

CRUSHED

Arhe felt pain when he heard Brother Emma’s voice tremble as he sang the national anthem, fear paralysing his lungs.  Army men, about twenty of them, in their camouflage, advanced steadily, malevolently, towards the rioters, guns firing at them.  Arhe felt pain when he saw the brave band who had hitherto held one another’s hands in courage and oneness, shamelessly breaking away, scrambling...

Just Regular Teenage Problems

They called it a near miss, but I called it a regular Tuesday. A passerby would probably describe my day-to-day life as something out of a Die Hard movie, without the ever-present Christmas theme. If I was the kind of person who went to a therapist, they would probably have a theory on this...or at least ask me how I felt about that. Nonetheless, there was a reason I didn’t go to therapy. I didn’t want to talk, especial...

Ascending

“It is the perfect spot for All Hallows Eve. And there will be a full moon that evening.”  “Elle, how many horror films have we watched.  A graveyard? Halloween? Full Moon? C’mon, can that get anymore cliché?”  “Actually, it can. I’m bringing candy corn. The Spirits love it.” Elle chuckled and pulled her groceries out of the bags.  Sebastian's eyes rolled as though t...

My Ray of Sunshine

My Ray of Sunshine “This sunset is beautiful.”  “Not as beautiful as you” he replied back with a smile. She giggled and playfully shoved him.  “That was so lame” she replied, though in truth she had found it very sweet. Her cheeks turned a light shade of pink, so she turned from him to hide her slight embarrassment.  “After a five years, you...

Maybe it’s bedbugs, maybe it’s -

The room is empty of life, as far as the observer is concerned. Though such an assessment would be willfully ignorant of the veritable metropolis of insect life beneath the bed. They are unaware of their long accepted voyeur, as they luxuriate among themselves hidden from the light. The observer watches on thinking, ‘I should really deal with what’s under the bed.’ But this is all the observer could really think at that moment, as they didn’t know where they were.They woke alone a litt...

The Flyers

It was nearly Christmas again, the man thought to himself. Another Christmas without Emily, and this year without any of the family and grandchildren visiting. “I guess we'll just make do this year, Traveler. Yes, just you and me,” he said, as he reached out and stroked Traveler's long coat of fur. It had been three years since he lost his wife, Emily, and to be honest, life seemed stale. If not...

See You At Snowfall

“It won’t be long,” I told him while avoiding eye contact.  Murmurs of George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ from the car radio, and Elijah’s shallow breaths, where the only sounds. We sat in a dirtied cream sedan, parked up next to an empty gas station exactly fifteen miles from our hometown. It was 4:35 in the morning and the soft breeze was strong enough to blow fallen strands of hair acros...

Promise

The first time John fell in love, it was in an abandoned building next to the popular pizzeria.   For millennia, the town of Ambe has been his favorite getaway town. It was a miniature settlement with a modest population varying from the original fifty inhabitants to the current three hundred. However, thanks to his everlasting life, he was only allowed to venture to his teeny utopia every hundred years.   It...

Home

The stars are twinkling and shining; filling the earth with their beauty. It was a pity she was yet to grasps the beauty. She raises her hand as she tries to remember the names of some stars, maybe the weird circle one was Orion's belt or something, she doesn't remember.She looks at her twin children, the happiness that exudes from them is enough to make her laugh. Like their father, Jones, they love looking at the stars. Whenever they went star watching, Jones would pick out two distinct star and name them after their c...