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The Ancient Tree and the Verdict

The Ancient Tree and the Verdict

Jack looked out the window. Awe filled his face. “It’s glowing again!” he exclaimed. Patrick rubbed the goosebumps on his arms, vigorously. He stared at the lights, shining from the woods.“The lights are still a great mystery,” Jack said, softly.‘Never go near it,’ the villagers would warn. ‘It cannot mean anything good,’ another would say. […]

The Stranger

The Stranger

It was a mystery how I had passed him daily on the stairs, yet did not know his name. Strange that we had never spoken. Stranger still, I was always coming downstairs and he was always going up.  Being young, I was too full of myself to question; I was the sun of the universe. […]

Seven Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins

The new waiter came from Allwick, the town notorious for those seven unsolved murders. He paused, just a little too long, as he emerged from the kitchen. “Anything wrong, dude?” asked another waiter. “I’m watching them stuff their disgusting faces,” he said. At table five was a middle-aged couple. “Let’s go for a stroll after […]

The Fox Window

The Fox Window

Fox Window, the title of a popular post announces in sinister lettering. Apparently, it’s some viral Japanese shamanist trick that allows the user to see ghosts through the space formed by their fingers.  Skeptical but intrigued, Ari replicates the first step. The pointer and little fingers of each hand stick upward like a fox’s ears, […]

Eyes to the Soul

Eyes to the Soul

He’d fooled everyone with his angelic face and innocent expression.  Who would suspect that such a perfect child could be anything but… perfect?  In his parent’s eyes, he could do no wrong.  But theirs weren’t the only eyes watching him. A series of unspeakable acts would define his youth.  Acts for which he received neither […]

Gaslighted

Gaslighted

I could have sworn that the mirror stood leaning against the other wall before I went to sleep. Now the golden frame stands to the right of the bed, whereas I was sure it was at the left-hand side. Strange. This bothers me, and so I pick it up and move it to where I […]

My Bridge Over Troubled Waters

My Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Awaiting the nine o’clock mail delivery outside my house became my only source of excitement. Most kids my age were getting their last bit of summer debauchery in before the real world came knocking on their door. Their jobs would lickety-split replace do-nothingness. Graduation for most kids signified the beginning of adulthood and true independence […]

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