Archive for the 'Stories' Category

Visitor

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Last night I awoke to a gentleman standing over the foot of my bed. Now, I’m not surprised that I slept through someone entering the house, making his way to the bedroom, and hovering over the foot of my bed until I woke up. I mean, that’s what happens when one takes those sleeping pills […]

Baby Changing Station

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

He was washing his hands when the stall door slowly creaked open. Nobody came out, which was odd, but he also noticed the plastic contraption affixed to the wall. It read “Baby Changing Station.” Suddenly he had a glorious idea. The sign in front of the fast food restaurant boasted that it was open 24/7, […]

Vigilante

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Josiah stood outside the convenience store, sucking on a Tootsie Pop while his trenchant flapped in the breeze. A desperate looking man headed toward the establishment door, eyes darting. Josiah deliberately kept his face forward and his eyes looking in a different direction. He watched the man from his peripheral vision. The crazed man entered […]

Unnatural Slumber

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The behemoth slowly raised his head, like a groggy boxer arising from an unexpected uppercut. The creature’s giant arms moved like a glacier on speed. He turned his unsteady head, wobbly as a newborn following the warm bottle you hold tantalizingly out of reach. The mouth opened to inhale the atmosphere of an entire planet. […]

Hide & Seek

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I ran as fast as I could through the dense jungle, my feet slipping and sliding over mossy roots. I was going so fast it didn’t matter; my feet only touched each surface for a split second. I didn’t have long to get away. I slid under the roots of a fallen tree. It was […]

The Caves

Monday, November 10th, 2008

(When all else fails, write some fiction…) The caves seemed to go on forever. As far as they could tell, the group had been heading roughly south for quite some time. That was the direction the cave system started in, and, though winding, it was the general direction the tunnels continued. The enormous chamber, which […]

Knight

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Evil cannot stand up to a knight. I’ve seen them, coming into a town on business known only to them. There is a strange, otherworldly presence about a knight. There is a brilliance that exists even if his armor is dented and dulled. Bullies, waiting in ambush to harass those who are too young…or too […]

After the Battle

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Damien snuck down the basement stairs at midnight. The third step from the top had a loud squeak, but he was well aware of this and made sure to step on the very edge. It would be hard to explain why he was there, if caught. Damien’s next challenge was to move the rack of […]

Aftermath

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Frendei stood in the rain again. The puddle ahead was too large to circumvent, so he sloshed through, uncaring of the wetness that seeped into his boots. Hobbly was a wreck and some of his new friends were dead. The rain fit his mood perfectly. It also put out the last of the town’s fires. […]

Lothar Story – Finale

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

First Installment Second piece. Third piece. The dwarf, still soaked in beastman blood, charged in swinging. The startled creature just stared incoherently until F’lore’s axe hit it in the arm. Then the monster roared, though impossible to tell whether from pain or having its dinner interrupted. The troll stood while F’lore brought the axe around […]

A Little More Lothar

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

First Installment Second piece. Lothar walked out of Hobbly with a sword, a leather jacket, and something to prove, at least to himself. He walked down a dirt road beside a dwarf and two elves, but somehow the experience seemed to be all about him. Most people in the Empire wouldn’t think a Troll Slayer, […]

Lothar, cont.

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

(For the first installment, see Lothar – Beginnings.) Something happens when you put a sword into a man’s hands. A man who’s looking to break the tedium of his life isn’t just going to say, “That could come in handy some day,” and lean it by the front door. A man is going to hold […]

Lothar – Beginning

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Lothar drove another replacement post into the ground behind Hobgoblin Wall. This section of the wall was named after the creatures that caused the wall to be built. Fifty years prior, the greenskins had attacked the town from out of the surrounding forest. A short rock wall which used to demark the town’s outer edge […]

Point of View

Monday, August 18th, 2008

We sat around the kitchen table painting little metal miniatures. The screen door opened and closed, distracting me from work at hand. Host turned around and said “Hello.” He looked back to me to explain, “This is our friend, Mary,” as a little girl looking about 9 came in the door. “Are you still in […]

Frendei’s Beginning

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

This is the whole version of the story I posted a couple snippets to. I know it doesn’t have so much of an ending as it does a beginning. F-, Tonight I need an item forgotten in a closet in the Grazlov estate in town. Guard dogs roam inside the gate, but they will be […]

Frendei’s Letter

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

F-, I need an item forgotten in a closet in the Grazlov estate in town. Guard dogs roam inside the gate. The sides of the house are less guarded than the front or back. I will have the rear window on the right side of the house left unlocked. The closet you are looking for […]

Frendei Start

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Frendei was chilled to the bone. The Halfling stood in the pouring rain, trying hard to etch the details of the stone mansion in his mind. At his feet, rivulets of water wore hard at the muddy road. The job had to be done tonight, regardless of the weather. Pulling his boots from the sucking […]

Gairloch, Beginning

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Life underground was rough, with all the creatures that wanted to eat you. One never knew when a perfectly peaceful mining operation would turn into a fight for your life. Ambushes were easier to handle if you simply used one of your tools as a weapon.

Merchant Troupe

Monday, May 5th, 2008

The elephant lifted Maya up to the platform on its trunk. That alone was enough to capture the crowd’s attention. The seemingly docile behemoth took a couple steps back, swaying while moving. Her salvar pants ruffled in the slight breeze up on the platform. They were just loose enough to billow, but not enough to […]

Gairloch, cont.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

In his plate armor, carrying his maul, he looked pretty tough…for a gnome. He had heard about this land above. He wanted to look tough. He wanted to look menacing. He wanted people to skirt around him. He didn’t want people getting close to him. He didn’t want them to know he was scared.