Jesus says Christians are the salt of the earth. However, if the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men, according to Matthew 5:13.
What happens when the child wakes up one morning and admits that their father doesn't walk on water, isn't Superman? In fact, they confess, he isn't even a nice guy? What happens? A heart breaks.
They met at the wrong time and the wrong place. And the priest was saying, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." And Rafael wanted to flee the church. He was not deaf, he was listening and he heard every word of the priest. But what he heard that moment didn't damp the feeling he had kept for the woman.
This story is a tribute to my dad, who passed away from cancer. He will always be my teacher. This story is a blending of my waking life, the dreams I've had of him, and grand escapes from reality.
Today the World Economy Collapsed...this is Jack Shorebird reporting from somewhere south, in the former United States… (Short Story)
Everybody has a dream, but some dreams should never be realized…for the sake of humanity…and all the cats.
A real story of a mountainous fairy encounter from the Appalachian Mountain region of West Virginia.
This is an attempt to write flash fiction....except it is non-fiction. It is a true story from my childhood
There are almost always an unusual group of people playing the games in a casino. Some are happy and having fun. Some act ornery and out of sorts. Here's a couple stories.
Orchid has been in and out of the life since she was a young woman. Of her many life experiences, she has finally found some satisfaction and some peace. The following is a true account and her story.
A look at a story drawn from Norse mythology, concerning efforts to bind the great wolf, Fenrir, who was destined to play a significant role on Ragnarok - the end of the world in Norse myth.
This is the conclusion to Paradise Gateway. It is about Carter Bascom, the famous wood carver of Apple Valley.
Just a short poem I wrote for Poetry Month comparing cruel or hurtful words to rose thorns, and a few additional haiku about roses.
Mary Little Deer could still hear his promise after almost thirty summers. "I will cross many rivers to find you." That dearest of all voices was still in her heart, as fresh and young as it was then.
Some fictional characters take on a life of their own. Check out Kevin Capricorn Wang IV's poetry and musings.
A look at a story drawn from Hindu mythology, concerning the benevolent goddess, Lakshmi, and her encounter with a clever washerwoman.
During a visit to Norwich, England, dragon statues were on display, the theme for 2015's charity fund raising. They provided entertainment, a sense of history, a tour of the city and a glimpse into mythology. Come with me on my Dragon Trail.
Traces of the Norns in the Netherlands: a hollow tree near the village of Hoog Soeren, where the White Lady sits at her spinning wheel - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
Trevor goes to his high school as normal one morning, expecting to see his girlfriend and to go to football practice after classes. But another student changes everyone's plans that day when he brings a gun to school. Trevor wrestles with what to do. Does he risk his own life to save others?
Flash fiction. The food baron specialized in love potions, but he definitely didn't appear available to a town a hungry women. But every man meets his match.
Today is the oldest you will ever be and the youngest you will be. Does that mean we can be both knowing and ignorant at the same time? Or, can it be that we can only be one way at one time? Can love and hate coexist? Can opposites coexist? Find out how to heal the paradox, the conflict...
Two scientists venture to the ocean floor to research geological faults of the Baja Peninsula. High water temp forces them to abandon the mission but places them in even greater danger. 1000 words.
Since May 3, 2018, Kilauea volcano’s fissure vents have been erupting non-stop in the East Rift Zone, causing unprecedented destruction in lower Puna region on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Reading the Bible isn't optional, it's what most Christians do. So here are four Bible Verses about reading the Bible that will help you to keep reading God's inspired words.
We would all like to think that our homes are safe havens in which we can escape the stress and turmoil of the outside world and, for most of us, they do just that. This is the story of a married couple who would discover that sinister energies can be found anywhere, even in the most idyllic home.
A restaurant server dishes some truths from their insider’s point of view on the jokes you should never tell them.
When I come to town, rolling through like a stone that has been dislodged on the side of a hill, it may look like a random, bouncing stone, but there is purpose. (Word Count 1220)
“Time is neither present nor past; time is the perceived reality in which we choose to exist in.” Words my father used to describe time to me as a child. Those words hold more truth today than ever.
A short story about how a perfect stranger with a big heart made my sons Christmas a one he will remember for the rest of his life.
Join us in a bit of absurd comedy written somewhat in the style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Magic Realism.
This short story is a creative writing exploration of life. The trials and tribulations of human development and growth are portrayed as a man’s self-awareness of life from birth to death unfold.
It is difficult being me. I cringe at sloppy grammar & poor speech, so to seek the company of those who should know better, would lead me to attend dinner parties with "our sort of people". Yes?
This really is the ideal venue for revenge, isn’t it? Them together. Me watching from the kitchen with all the food and drink they will consume this night at my fingertips.
Christians are as subject to the temptations of the flesh as other people. And like other people, they sometimes find themselves in a wrong relationship they know they should have avoided. What then? How does one deal with the hurt of the break-up that seems inevitable? Is it too late to save marriages where partners are broken from betrayal?
Josephine becomes frightened upon learning the scope of t, remains frustrated with not being allowed to learn more and struggles with becoming an adult. Jeremy still avoids her and seems angry.
Five years after being abducted from Earth and taken to Orbis, Christy has accepted the place and people, but Mark still longs for home. Mark discovers a way to escape, but can he go without her?
This is the heartbreaking story of a psychiatric patient from the careless days of electroconvulsive therapy which was used, quite often it seems, as a means of behavior control in mental hospitals.
A man's home has been invaded by unknown prowlers. Unwilling to give up the ship, He chooses a hiding place with no way out. Word Count-936
Ben met Sybil at the library where she worked. For six months they dated, although, strangely, she didn’t know where he lived. That might have been here first clue not to trust him.
A look at a story drawn from the myths and legends of China, in which the world is threatened by the rising of ten suns.
The Wild Hunter of the Netherlands, storming and raging across the Fallow Lands - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
No one wants to sound dumb or uneducated in front of their peers, but sometimes you can misspeak and not even realise it. This article lists 10 commonly misused phrases and words that you're saying that are making you sound dumb.
This is a Christmas challenge to retell the Christmas story in a genre-specific way that is unique and engaging. You be the Judge. This short story is my SCI-FI attempt.
Jeremy visits a natural hot spring on a mountaintop and leaves all his worries behind. But a mischevious gnome appears and spoils the heavenly bliss. Word count, 420 words.
Are you looking for a story which will leave you smiling? A story full of warms and fuzzies? Read on about one adoption which worked out quite well.
Dramatization of the Christmas story from the perspective of Mary and Joseph. What your body was to be the home of a God? What would you say if your fiance was pregnant with someones else's kid?
I’m talking to you cancer! This is my final warning. You’re nothing but a blackout, so I’m turning on all the lights
Does this happen to you? Even when you are not writing, you are always thinking about writing. Every person you meet, or see along on your way, can be a possible character in your next story. You are a writer at heart, if a poem is being woven in your mind, when you are walking in the nearby park.
There are many rape cases in countries like Pakistan and India. And I can't write the pain of a rape victim but I had tried to put into words something worth a read.
From time to time, each of us wonders what might have been had romantic interest in someone panned out rather than fizzled out. When they return from the past, anything can happen.
A short story that was written from the point of view of a young woman living through the outbreak of Word War II. The story is written in the format of a diary entry.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1612)
This video is footage from my camping and hiking trip to Mt. Shasta, Northern California. The poem is a series of reflections gathered during my meditations throughout the adventure.
The evil that happens in this world was never intended in the original creation. It is a result of the fall of mankind into sin.
Parents, watch out for your kids. You don't know the mischief a boy with a healthy imagination can create.
Larry Rankin is at it again, picking on the poor, maligned 1% of the 1%, who are only trying to do their best to help the rest of us, in this parody of Dr. Seuss’s "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
People can walk in divine favor. Even so, it does not come automatically. There are some things to do to participate in your own blessings.
An old man spends his days shuffling around the city in search of the lost wealth of her citizens. For 30 years, he had persistently sought and found the lost coins, but for what purpose? (1260 words)
Donald was wealthy, handsome and, if the ring on his left hand meant anything, not available. The sexy redhead seated on the bar stool next to him seemed to consider the last point irrelevant.
What I Did at the End of Our Street is not biographical. It is however, a rather graphic expose on one of our society’s greatest problems.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1687)
There have been a number of criminal duos, many of them intertwined on an intimate level, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady will almost certainly be viewed, for centuries, as a twosome of demoniac killers
One of my favorite songs is Michael Jackson's "Man in the mirror." There was a time when I didn't like who I saw in the mirror. But today, all that has changed.
This folktale from Shropshire describes how villagers were saved from drought by a fairy cow, until a wicked witch stepped in.
The story of Dinah causes anger especially in women and encourages them to speak out on behalf of the many abused women in different cultures. Her rape and her silence are evidences of injustice.
Why are we here? When others play the victim, do we adopt the hero? In this story, I come face-to-face with some of the harsher aspects of our reality, homelessness and gut-wrenching depression.
Autumn is Mother Earths celebration of nature's colors. Welcome nature with me as we pay tribute to the fall season.
A Tactical Squad of the Ultramarines Fifth Company is sent forth on a mission on Calth to escort a troubled repair crew. A short story set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Dr. Virginia Shepherd was Doug's doctoral adviser. She tried to direct his research in acceptable directions, but he insisted on going his own way, with tragic results. A Sci-Fi time travel story.
Joey Orsino works for one of the New York City crime families. He gets busted dumping a body into the harbor, and the cops make him a potentially deadly offer....Joey's boss for Joey's freedom.
The story of my restaurant date gone wrong, plus tips for handling your own dining out issues, should they occur.
Ralph goes to the dentist and discovers a whole world of creepy crawly bacteria lurking, not only in his own mouth, but in the mouth of every woman he may kiss in the future. To kiss, or not to kiss?
To [my love], Hi dear, its been long. It has indeed been long since I saw you, but it seems like eternity since we shut the door to love. I was young, but not too young to know that the feeling was all too real, so real, that sometimes I feel...
Flash Fiction: Physicist Dr. Simon Morton invents a time machine and goes back to 1865 to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He succeeds. Or does he? Sci-Fi time travel story.
This articles explores why Jesus often spoke in parables, instead of simply saying, in a direct way, what he wanted to say. Was the "indirect" approach best for conveying what He wanted to say?
An old woman pushes a shopping cart around the city and rescues the lost and discarded. She adopts them as her own and gives them a second chance at life.
A retired school teacher receives three visitations which were each the delivery of a morbid and horrifying object. When put together, they become the key to an even larger mystery. (Word count-1249)
Savannah Georgia has always been a place of mystery and beauty. What better place for a tale of restless spirits and magic. Music is timeless and rife with memories, as you will soon see.
A school inspector had ultimate authority, so when he planned a visit to a school, who should be more afraid, the teacher or the students?
Prayers of the saints rise to heaven for Thomas, who is in critical condition. Miracles abound for many.
The next few moments became a blur as he tried adjusting his visuals. He wiped his eyes and finally saw the young woman again. The woman wanted him to turn and face the chair, but he couldn't get over the loss of memory which was a complete emptiness.
I’m not a girl who is afraid of the dark, or at least, I didn’t use to be. Not until that night I woke up to his face hovering over mine.
Adriana was on the run. From what and to where she didn't know, but waiting around for the next round of assault by an evil specter was out of the question. (word count-1334)
He told her he would come for her after the harvest, and even death couldn't stop him - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
Two men battle to the top of a mountain on a quest for domination. Through blood, sweat, and tears they come to a mutual realization about man's relation to man. Word count-480
Bobby Blank confronts a thick fog and believes he could catch it...if it only stopped moving. Here's a story of trying to reach something unattainable, yet discovering the fun of doing so.
The Internet forums, chatrooms, and writing sites are filled with challenges for creative writers. And most of them center around on one’s ability to write the shortest story possible. So, this writer decides to take the challenge.
This is a fictional Journal entry written in the voice of a young woman on the trail of tears. The journal entry is fiction however, the facts in the entry are true.
With that, he walked toward the crumbled body like a silent shadow on the wall. He hesitated when he reached the body and saw that it was a young, thin girl. She was strangled and her neck popped instantly. He could tell because of the bones sticking out of her flesh. She wasn't smelling badly yet,
Tamisha Bradford-Landen was the fifth child and only daughter of Conrad and Betsy Bradford. Tamisha married to Calvin Landen, mother of one baby and a second on the way.
Two men, war pals and fishing buddies, have a relationship cemented by one heroic act. Can the favor be returned when the enemy is unknown, hidden and very, very hungry? Word Count 1741
The last slave ship landed illegally on Jekyll Island in 1858. A short tale of one of its surviving passengers, still living on the island owned by the most exclusive club in the world.
Why, as women, do we take care of everyone’s needs but sometimes fail to take care of ourselves? I believe many people regard taking care of themselves as a frivolity, or an act of selfishness.
A few locals pitch themselves against a dangerous transnational whose owners will stop at nothing to cover incriminating evidence and eliminate any known witnesses.
In this short fictional work, Padre Peters assembles his team of demon fighters to take out a threat to their very existence.
Checkers was an old man who loved the game of checkers and each of the seven dogs he had befriended over nearly a century. His reign as king of the town's annual checkers tournament was about to be challenged once again and his love for his latest canine friend was being put to the test as well.
Sometimes wishes do come true! A Christmas short story. Brenda always wanted a traditional Christmas, but sadly never had the chance. Till now.
Even animals did not fear or harm Carter. Often men saw bears, deer and bobcats laying around Carter's cabin as he sat outside feeding the smaller critters seeds, nuts and berries ...
While their dad performs at a Bible camp and their mom gossips with the staff, two little boys find refuge in building a fort up in the mountains, with unexpected consequences.
The life which follows this one is shrouded in mystery. Some don't believe that it exists while others spend their time on Earth planning for it. In the end, we will all find out the hard way. Still, there are some among us who have looked into the abyss and it's a sight they will never forget.
This is a poem about keeping a positive attitude and not looking back but instead moving ahead to a bright and successful future.
Cloe Ludlow is being discharged and spends her last day making thank you cards and says goodbye to Dr. Wong. Two days later she faces evil.
A retired school teacher receives three visitations which were each the delivery of a morbid and horrifying object. When put together, they become the key to an even larger mystery. (Word count-)
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1205)
A fiction within a fiction. The character Belmonte Segic discovers an Internet piece on the literary device "irony" and runs with it.
This is a little piece of nonsense that came to me as I was sorting socks. It was inspired by the same problem at our house. This flash fiction is suitable for children.
A short story about the darkness we all have inside. Is there to remind us that Light is our origin, to make our choices...
We all enjoy a night out and dinner with friends, right? This is just a commentary on one such night, a bit of history.
There are times in one's life which causes reflection on things past. And times in one's present, if the truth be told. This is one such example.
A revised short story about an alternate future where a Mega-Wall separates America from a dead World.
Challenges inspire us to go beyond our boundaries. This is a reply to a photo prompt and is a modern twist on a well-known fairy tale.
A Dutch legend: "Near the mounds, in the mists of autumn you'll find them, the White Women, wrapped in their veils of fog."
Take Mel's Postal Rorschach test. He sees a mail truck, Postal Customer from Hell sees rolling dollar signs. What do you see?
Love is the power from Almighty to humans. Love has the power to move boulders. Love can soften rocks too. Languages of love spoken, written and signalled shall be understood by us.
the Ishi and the humans carry out the plan to rid their world of the evil witch/queen. Billy and Orin must break into the castle to steal a critical element for the plan's success. Time is critical
Just some random thoughts about nature, and man, and whether we are as far-advanced as we would like to believe.
Navin was a drone. That is not to say that he was a continuous low hum or a remote controlled airplane but that he was a stingerless male honeybee with one purpose in life.
Mason Anderson was a pioneer in spaceflight. His trip into space was designed to open the door on a new era of enlightenment in society.
Our God is the God of the impossible and has used his people throughout the years to do the impossible through them in order to bring glory to himself. We need to trust that God is still in the business of doing great things through us. He uses weak people to fulfill his purposes in the world.
A performer in the karaoke scene gets hit on by a youngster half her age because she encouraged him to perform a song and dance number for the sake of musical expression.
How much success do we need in the world, under the current definition of what success actually means?
After losing her parents to a horrible illness, the maiden, Eventide, faces harshness of people and challenges of nature as she seeks to keep the family farm and create a good life. Word Count 987
People spend far too much time trying to figure out how to make people happy and comfortable. Sure, you can get ahead by impressing people; but it is far more fun to get ahead using intimidation and other nefarious tactics to make people...
Billy is living in the land of the Ishi, creatures with intelligence and the ability to speak. A terrible witch makes life miserable, even deadly. The Ishi and humans form an alliance to fight back.
Calvin purchased a home and was making remodeling plans, beginning with the master bedroom. In that very room, fantasy and reality seemed to be converging to create a whole new world. But was it real?
Who called 911, and why? Suddenly, he noticed Mrs. Andrews’ cane standing upright in the corner of the room next to a small table where the contents of her purse was strewn and spilled out ...
Anna Wronski and daughter Gita are separated by continent in 1939 under mysterious circumstances. In her old age, Anna still searches for six year old Gita.
Ralph came over to Craig's house after work and told him about his date the night before. Most of Ralph's stories range from funny to unfortunate. This one was beyond unfortunate. Word Count 621.
This is a true narrative that happened last June, 2017 and deals with THE Pure, Unadulterated Stupidity that is growing in America.
Good grammar and mathematics are not irreconcilable. A class learns this lesson in a most unexpected way.
Ralph fails to follow even the basic rules of using a fitting room in a clothing store. For Ralph, when one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong. (Word Count-658)
This is the season that people are supposed to be jolly but it was not the case for me! If you like horror then this hub is for you!
Stories of bloodshed, gunfire and abandoned structures where no one dares to go and where death seems to dwell.
Some people seem to draw trouble like a magnet while others avoid it constantly. Steve was definitely magnetic!