Short Stories and Other Works of Fiction

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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Jerold’s Wait

Jerold was sitting in the same chair, at the same window, staring outside, waiting. The first snow was falling, and he remembered the time when he’d played out there with the neighborhood kids all those years ago. He remembered it so vividly that afternoon. The sun had been bright, just ...
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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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Family Tradition

“... bent her over just like that...” “... made her squeal like a pig...” I rolled my eyes as dad and Roger bragged about their conquests. When they saw it, they both laughed. “It’s gonna be fine, baby brother,” Roger said, turning to me. A moment later, I felt dad’s ...
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Love Can Exhaust Too

The miscarriage had devastated Emma. What had once been a happy woman, full of love, had become a curled up ball of misery and pain. It was the same for me, back then. I, too, felt the same sense of loss, the same pain, but I knew I had to ...
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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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