1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

The Dirty Camry by Blankage and Bobby

This car is not actually that dirty, Nicole thought. Her mom made it sound like she’d been off-roading or something, but there were just a few bugs splattered across the windshield of the shiny, silver Camry. Nicole gripped the hose tightly and frowned at the glimmering paint, blindingly bright in the midday sun. She was supposed to be studying for the trig test tomorrow. The mildly dirty car could’ve waited.

She circled the car as quickly as she could while the water from the hose roared against the steel. She held the nozzle far away from her body to avoid getting any excess spray on her jeans or her immaculately pressed Old Navy t-shirt. She hummed the first movement of Mozart’s second horn concerto to herself as she leaned forward to shoot water into the wheel wells of the car.

When she straightened, her next-door neighbor, James, was shuffling across the street with his gangly arms jammed wrist-deep into the pockets of his shorts. Not cool. His eyes shifted shyly between Nicole and the sopping Camry. He smiled. Nicole gave him a half-smile back that she hoped said, I’m happy to see you, but please don’t come over here right now. He kept walking towards her. She sighed.“Hi James,” she said as brightly as she could manage.
Continue reading

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Complexion by Blankage and Ketrian

Welcome to the good life, where we like the girls who ain’t on TV ‘cuz they got more ass than the models.
– Kanye West

The Wall Screen shows a close-up of a proud soldier in his camo jacket. His white head is freshly shaven and almost blindingly bright. He’s grasping something metallic-looking. The camera pulls back, and we see that it’s a chain. It loops and zig-zags its way through the handcuffs of more than a dozen brown-skinned Mexicans who shuffle along pathetically in their ankle cuffs. They are all humming the tune to “Panda Panda Panda Panda” by Deerhoof. I admire their taste in music even if they are all drug kingpins. Bold blue letters at the bottom of the screen inform the viewer that “Top Cartel Leadership Captured Saturday,” and in a tiny box at the top corner of the screen, President George Washington IV’s disembodied head tells us how very proud we should be of our law enforcement.

Isabel shakes her head. “This is very awful,” she says. “They are just trying to provide for their families.”

We’re sitting around the grey, vinyl conference table in the teacher’s lounge. This is the morning break where we all come here and relax for fifteen minutes while the robotic assistants watch the kids. If this were the 1960s back when I started teaching, everyone in this lounge would be chatting and waving their cigarettes at each other. The smoky air would be full of the sweet scents of tobacco and tar. It’s the 2030s though, and the air is full of the smell of antiseptic and mint chewing gum.

Continue reading

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

[Commission] Framed by Blankage and The Regressed

Mark didn’t really mind when his mom shooed him and Katie out of the house. Katie, his girlfriend, had met his parents less than a week earlier, and he explained that one sure way to tell that his mom was becoming comfortable with someone was when she started bossing them around. Katie just laughed and nodded. “This explains so much about you.”

They decided to drive to a small park several miles from the house, and now they sat on a park bench, with their bodies pressed against each other, lips locked together. The park was quiet but for the dry leaves crackling in the wind, dancing over the concrete. Fall had arrived and, the youngsters that had crowded the faded, red jungle gym just days before were now sitting in desks, staring out the window. Mark and Katie too would soon resume classes, both in their 3rd year of college. Mark tried not to think about it, focusing on Katie’s lips against his, her dark hair swirling around his face.

The moment was so serenely silent, the stillness so palpable that he wasn’t quite sure what to do when Katie’s tongue darted back into her mouth like a frightened fish. She pushed him away and held him at arm’s length, her black eyes suddenly unable to meet his, flitting around the empty park.

Continue reading

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Give Them Eyes to See by Malakim

12,000 word short story: Volosasz, a cunning but conflicted displacer-beast gryphon, stalks the surface at the behest of shadowy, ruthless subterranean masters. His latest target, an elven priestess of a surface goddess known as the Pure Lady, proves to be more than he expected after he abducts her for the centerpiece to a dreadful magic ritual.

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/18903810/

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...

Commission – Strange Dreams by Blankage and The Regressed

The following story was written as a commission. If you would like a commission of your own, please email me at blankage1 [at] gmail [dot] com or message me at Deviantart or Furaffinity

The car thudded onto the gravel road, and Mike’s mom inhaled sharply.

“Easy!” she said. “You’re not driving your ATV.”

Mike was quite aware that he wasn’t driving his ATV, thanks, but he said nothing. Since he’d gotten his learner’s permit, his mom had been pretty hesitant to let him drive, and pissing her off didn’t seem likely to help his plight. So he just sighed and squinted at the light of the setting sun as it filtered through the thick greenery that enveloped the road.

“How much farther?” Mike’s little sister Kinsey asked from the back seat. She’d slept for a good portion of the six hour drive, but now she was awake and restless.

“Almost there!” Mike’s mom said. “Doesn’t this look beautiful?”

The only answer to her question was the sound of the car bumping along the road, raising a giant cloud of dust behind it. Mike regarded the lush plants that blurred by them, and he thought they looked green. He wasn’t sure why that automatically made them beautiful or whatever. Heading out to a ranch in Nowhere, Tennessee hadn’t been his idea of a great spring vacation, but his sister and mother had both disagreed. That was two votes against one as his little sister had annoyingly informed him. Now, easily swinging the car into a gravel parking lot, he wished he was anywhere else.
Continue reading

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Commission – The Worst Halloween Ever by Blankage

The following story was written as a commission. If you would like a commission of your own, please email me at blankage1 [at] gmail [dot] com or message me at Deviantart or Furaffinity

 

Halloween was Oliver’s favorite time of the year. He loved wearing a costume and staying up late. He loved Jack-o’-lanterns and haunted houses. But most of all, he loved candy.

He and his best friend Natalie both dressed up as characters from the movie Frozen and headed out on their usual route around the neighborhood. At thirteen, they were both getting a little old for trick-or-treating, but tons of free candy was too good to pass up. Their respective moms tagged along, alternately chatting with each other and looking at their cell phones.

By eight o’clock, Oliver’s bag was already almost full. The haul was good tonight, and it only seemed to be getting better. Maybe that’s why Oliver insisted that they visit the scary house at the end of the block.

Continue reading

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

From Zero to Xena: The Ring of Change Saga by T.F. Wright

15,000 word short story: A shy, out of shape girl named Zoe has a crush on her new personal trainer. Jim, though, is tired of training people who don’t care about fitness. He longs for a protege, someone who he can mold into the perfect athlete. Jim is about to find out what happens when he gets his wish, and the magical Ring of Change begins to alter Zoe’s figure and her personality. In fact, he’ll wind up learning a lot more about the ring than he ever expected – he’s in for a big surprise when he puts it on himself!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OBKH6MU/

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...