Short Stories and Other Works of Fiction

The Bizarrie of Monsieur Delancey

Do you ever wonder why children see the world so differently? Why can they be so enchanted by the simplest and most mundane of things? I never bothered with things like this. Childhood was a thing of the past, and all its incredible sights had been replaced by logic and ...
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Choose Your Own Adventure

It was one of those days. You know, the ones when you feel a little lost when you’re looking for something. It’s just that you don’t know what it is. Just a nagging, little voice in the back of your head. After all, just one of those days. As I ...
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The Rules – Instructions on How to Succeed at Cat Sitting

My friend Josh was my polar opposite. He was a young successful entrepreneur and, frankly said, filthy rich. I on the other hand was a perpetual failure, who lived in a small one-room apartment, always looking to make it to the end of the month. While Josh owned a flourishing ...
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I Was Offered 100.000 Euros to Beta-Test a New Piece of Virtual Reality Technology – Final Part

As I sat up in the grass, I realized that it had all been fake. The entire second reality, the insane Kitagawa and even the supposed brain damage I was suffering from. It had all been another part of their simulation. I grew angry before rage overtook me. “The fuck ...
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I Was Offered 100.000 Euros to Beta-Test a New Piece of Virtual Reality Technology – Part 2

“What the hell are you talking about?” “You arrived here at our Munich facility this morning to test our new immersion rig.” With that, Dr. Kitagawa pointed at a different contraption. One I’d never seen before. It looked almost like a giant wheel a person could be strapped to. A ...
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I Was Offered 100.000 Euros to Beta-Test a New Piece of Virtual Reality Technology – Part 1

“Hitting rock bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.” - Michelle Parsons That was the reason I found myself in front of a small, mundane office building in the outskirts of Berlin. It should be the greatest mistake of my life, even more so than all the shit I’d ...
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What Happens in Thailand Doesn’t Always Stay in Thailand or the Story of How I Got the Worst Itch of My Life

Did you ever feel an itch, an itch so bad, you scratched yourself bloody to make it go away? Well, if not, count yourself lucky, count yourself damned lucky! I really don’t know when or where I got it, but I’m sure it was during this shit show of a ...
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We Had to Make a Few Changes for Grandma’s Funeral, Necessary Changes

When grandpa died, everyone cried. When grandma died, everyone smiled. “Grandma’s a goddamn bitch,” dad used to curse about her. No one ever said anything against his words that so defiled his mother. He was right though, grandma was a mean, old woman. That’s something everyone agreed on, even her ...
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We Were Never Allowed to Leave Our Homes During Easter – Today I Learned Why

We never celebrated Easter in my home village. When other parents hid Easter eggs for their kids, mine would lock our doors and made me stay inside for the duration of the holiday. I never understood why. When school started again after the Easter holidays, all the other kids talked ...
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The Wonderful Works of Nikolay the Wonderful

“The Wonderful Works of Nikolay the Wonderful,” he read out loud as he stared at the book I’d handed him. His eyes returned from the book to me, and a questioning look formed on his face. I couldn’t help but giggle. Nikolay was the smartest man I knew, a bona ...
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