Short Stories and Other Works of Fiction

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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Never Buy A House on Craigslist!

I guess everyone has heard about a Craigslist horror story, but no one expects to end up in one. I’d been thinking about leaving the city life behind for a while now. I guess I couldn’t stand the bustle of the city anymore and longed for a more remote life ...
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Dear Lizzy

Oh, my dear Lizzy, my beautiful wife, I can’t find the words to tell you how much I love you. I guess that’s how it is with true love. I still remember the day we met like it was yesterday. The sun was high, not a cloud in the sky, ...
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She’s the Reason I Can’t Watch Porn Anymore…

It all started a few days ago. What can I say? When you live in a city under lockdown, life can be lonely. I’m sitting here alone, all by myself. Books, Netflix, and YouTube can only grab your attention for so long. With no chance of real social interaction, I’ve ...
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