Rolling Hills: A Shortstory Set in a Serene Community

The view from the farmhouse was that of fields on rolling hills. In the summertime, the hills came alive with Elfun grass that swayed with the breeze. The autumn, Kara watched from her bedroom window as the men harvested the grass, gathering it up with scythe and twine, then loading it on to the wagons. In the winters, the hills were barren mounds of short stubble that lay in wait for the spring thaw. And, in spring, the first signs of life sprouted and grew nearly fast enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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Sandy

Cloth wrapped every inch of their body, hands, arms, legs, head, all covered. The cloth hid the features of their face, masking their nose and respirator, reducing them to nothing more than two small bumps. Black goggles seals it around their eyes, completing an impenetrable covering. The sand bleached the cloth, stripping it of its…

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The Question Reverberated Through the Space

Erricka looked up from her homework and looked out the window. Dusk was settling on the scene and the twilight birds were singing their final songs. She listened for what seemed like a while, wondering what desperate pleas they were calling out before they rested for the night. The songs they sang carried and faded….

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A Matter of Time

I She sat cross-legged on the dirt floor of the small shack. Dressed in torn rags that were the gray-brown color of dirt and dust. Her hazel eyes shone bright peering out from her dirty face. Her long matted hair, light brown when clean, now the same gray-brown tint of her clothes. In front of…

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The Raven in the Window

There was a tapping on the glass. It was faint at first but grew louder with each successive tap. Y’lin looked up from the chair in which she read and saw the Raven in the window. Tap, tap, tap. The Raven continued. Y’lin studied the bird for a moment longer. Snow falling and blowing in…

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Sunny Darkness

The darkness didn’t subside, sunlight didn’t diminish it. It bore down suffocating the soul beset by its gravity. It was a black hole, devouring the very sun itself. A cold abyss from which there was no escape. She sat in silence, observing the darkness. She sat in sunlight, feeling its warmth through the numbness that…

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Trouble in the Diner

I: Walking the Dog Adam was walking his dog on a cold winter day. There hadn’t been any significant snow fall, and for that much he was thankful. Still, the dog was stubborn and his hands were cold. He wanted to head back, but the dog kept sniffing. When he insisted, the dog planted himself…

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3:15

The pistol was pressed against the back Alex Freedman’s head and he wondered how this had happened. He was kneeling with his hands on the back of his neck, fingers interlaced, legs crossed right over left. He could hear the ticking of the watch on the wrist of the arm that held the gun. It…

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Disposable

Myra looked out the window. The world outside was hot and still. She didn’t know what she thought she’d see, everything was as dead as it always was and nothing ever changed. Sure, there might be a storm, the lightning was always interesting here, but what else? The sunrises were bland now, as were the…

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Ancient Ruins 3

Hindra stared blankly down at the pool, the black water betrayed its depths. Her mind was adrift, as if lost in that bottomless well. So lost, she didn’t even see it. Her thoughts swam about, not in water, but worry, fear, and sorrow. She was drowning in them, completely. What her mind thought, her body…

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