12 – Ashes

I sit in silence, staring into the flame of my single candle. Every night, food and a single candle are thrown into my prison. Horrified of my crimes, the world buried me deep into the darkness of this cave. Full of rage, for many years I roamed the endless stone maze, searching for an exit… searching for vengeance. Alone with …

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11 – Lay lines

He never knew what hit him. The sharp blow to his temple knocked him right off the turret and into darkness. He was lucky, they told him later. The armor piercing round shattered as it hit the turret’s rim. The one piece of shrapnel that he caught had pierced right thru his helmet but stopped just short of his brain. …

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10 – Clouds

The small red dot kept blinking on and off, almost like a heartbeat. 27 pending messages. The phone rang once again and once again he didn’t answer. The small red dot kept blinking on and off. He wasn’t mad, not even hurt… he just didn’t care anymore. The voice in the line pleaded, then demanded, even threatened. It was all …

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9 – The Key

He stood under the full moon in the middle of the stone circle, naked and surrounded by the twelve standing stones. The timing had to be perfect. He looked up towards the shining stars. “–Today…” he thought, “we conquer heaven.” He held the ancient carving in his left hand, ready to smash it on the altar. “–You kicked us out …

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8 – Rhythm

Your lungs on fire, you try to keep the rhythm. Left, right, left, right… how much longer? You push aside that thought, and concentrate on the next step. Left, right, left, right… don’t count the steps, it’s no use. Just keep climbing and try not to loose your rhythm. You heart pounds, trying to break free from the prison of …

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7 – Driftwood

The boat rocked gently with the tide. She took a swig from the cold beer and checked the dials on the panel. Ninety-two point six, eighty-three point four… she meticulously noted all the readings in the log. When she first got here she had hated the monotony of this assignment. Endless days with little else to than keep the logs …

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6 – Light

He could see light glowing on the horizon. How long had he been walking towards it? He wasn’t sure. There was no day or night here, no way to count the passing of the days… or years. There was nothing but darkness and the light on the horizon. His body… though he sometimes wasn’t sure if he still had one… …

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5 – Breeze

The stars were beautiful, they shone so brightly. He had never seen them with such clarity. Their sheer beauty almost made him forget that they were shining at him thru a huge gash in the hull. A teddy bear, a notebook, bits and pieces of lost lives drifted slowly into his view, floating weightless on their way into the darkness. …

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4 – Inside

With a cry, the little girl swiftly hides behind her mother, only one of her wide eyes and a bit of ruffled bangs peeking from behind the mortified woman. “–I’m so sorry,” she says, hardly able to hide her own repulsion. I brush aside her worries with a smile, sparing her the need to make up insincere excuses. I’m used …

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3 – The Sound

Trying not to panic, he counted silently in his mind. 1…2…3…4…5… The sound again. In the silence he could hear his heartbeat racing. He was sure that ‘it’ could hear it too. 1…2…3…4… The sound again. It was getting closer. He tried to keep his head low. If he could only know from which direction ‘it’ was coming. 1…2…3… The sound again. He …

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