If I gotta stand in a bread line because you voted for Bernie, jus' know I'm gonna beat your ass and take your bread, too.
“Do you know what today is?” Goldie asked the two brothers standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. “Saturday,” nine-year-old Bohannon, and Goldie’s classmate, answered. “Besides that,” Goldie said, as she rolled her eyes. Six-year-old Lennox simply shrugged his shoulders, “I dunno.” “It’s Leap Day,” Goldie proudly announced. “What’s a Leap Day?” Lennox … Continue reading Leap Day
Rule #228: Never fart in an Apple store, they don't have Windows.
The darker shadows of the trees, cast down by the full moon’s light, left him disoriented. Smith had misread his map, taken the wrong trail and was now irrevocably lost. Making matters worse, there were the odd noises coming from all around him. Some he knew, such as the scurry of a mouse, still others … Continue reading Lost in the Woods
Jimmy pulled up in front of the house. He casually opened the side door of the white work van and began pulling material out, carrying it to the front door. With everything unloaded, he closed up and locked the van. Then, with the same casual manner, he worked his magic on the front door lock. … Continue reading Mr. Jimmy Fix-It
The only thing flat-earthers fear is sphere itself.
https://soundcloud.com/sierra-tom-darby/in-20200226 He had raced ahead of the beasts throughout the night and his pony was nearly played out, but Brady knew that if they stopped or the animal faltered, it would mean death for both. They had either ambushed Brady or Brady had accidentally found a hidden lair. Having no time to find out, he … Continue reading Imaginary Nevada: February 26, 1920
Delores Hart decided to stop and see if she could find the grave of the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball. Unfortunately, it was nearly dark by the time she located the needed cemetery. “It shouldn’t be that hard,” she told herself, even though it was practically dark. After a number of frustrating minutes, … Continue reading Batter Up
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An old grain silo used to stand in the vacant field down the way. The kids used to pretend it was a rocket ship or a castle, and it remained this way, until a family bought it, turning it into a home. They worked on the place day-in, day-out and sometimes at night for nearly … Continue reading Grain Silo Re-purposed
One minute, I was young and fun, the next, I found myself turning down my truck's radio so I could see better.
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It might seem a tad-bit paranoid, but last night, my dogs did their best to scared me half-to-death. As I laid in bed later, I imagined their conversation going something like this: "I'm kinda bored," thinks Yaeger, "Wanna freak the old man out?" "Yeah, but how?" Buddy asks in silence. "Jus' follow my lead," Yaeger … Continue reading Freak Out
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"Have you ever seen a werewolf smile," the old man stated matter-of-factly. No one in the crowded watering hole spoke a word, not even the 20-something he held pinned against the bar. "That's right," he growled menacingly to the young punk who had been picking at him, "And you don't want too, either." Once released, … Continue reading Before the Werewolf Smiles
My wife says I'm getting so fat I might soon need a girth certificate.
He had earned an ‘A’ in science because of what he now deemed his pet. Not much bigger than a pinhead when taken from the pond, the amoeba had grown to nearly an inch and was in need of a new jar. Unfortunately for Ryan Brown, he found the jar a little too late as … Continue reading Amoeba
A priest, a minister and a rabbit walk into a bar. The rabbit says, "I think this must be a typo."
With my wife out of town, nothing on the tube, and a case of insomnia, I decided to go for a drive. Soon, I pulled into the store where group of radio stations had once stood. While standing at the register, the woman behind the counter asked, “So, what brings you out at this time … Continue reading Imprints Within the Old Foundation
https://soundcloud.com/sierra-tom-darby/in-20200219 Duncan Amen was a rarity in the Beowawe area. Though Indian, we wasn’t a member of any of the local Nevada tribes as he came from Canada. This, and the fact that he was Indian, left Amen somewhat isolated, a loner, and a drifter. He didn’t mind this fact very much because as he … Continue reading Imaginary Nevada: February 19, 1920
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Watercolor and ink, 8 1/2 x 11
“It makes me sick to think I threw all those old papers out now that I have a use for them,” he complained. “I still don’t understand why they're suddenly so important,” she replied. “Well, it's an art project if you will.” “And you can’t use anything else?” “It really wouldn’t be the same.” “Why?” … Continue reading The Ailing Minimalist
Man with Coronavirus seeks woman with Lyme Disease.
The sky was a darker pallet of stars now, and he had no way of knowing how long he’d lain at the base of the hill. In fact, Bobby Davis was slow to recall how in the world he’s come to to be there in the first place. Reflecting as hard as he could, all … Continue reading Where the Sky is Always Dark
“Hey, the program for recording sound is on the fritz,” Tom told Chief-slacker. “Okay, I’ll be there in a few minutes,” Slacker said, hanging up the phone. Half-an-hour later Slacker arrived and went immediately to work to fix the problem. It took him two-hours and several reboots of the computer to finally get the system … Continue reading Sound and Silence
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There was something odd about the lone Elk as it moved through the dense scrub. Jackson watch it through field glasses for a time, but could not put a finger on its strangeness. Then aiming his glass southward, he located his hunting companion and friend, Richie near the base of a hillock. The man’s orange … Continue reading Human Eyes
He saw the deputy’s hard stare as he drove by him in the opposite direction. The quick draw performer knew that the man behind the badge would be turning his unit around and pulling him over. It had happened before and it cost Dave nearly $600 the last time. He checked his rear view mirror … Continue reading Draw!
https://soundcloud.com/sierra-tom-darby/in-20200211 Two days horseback east of Beowawe, Brady discovered the mass of bodies sprawled across the rocky ground. The acrid smell of burnt gunpowder mingling with the stench of drying blood, hung heavy in the mid-morning air. Most were armed with rifles, a few with pistols and whoever had slain them had done so with … Continue reading Imaginary Nevada: February 12, 1920
Aubrey Thornton walked ahead of her girlfriends, who had stopped along the trail to take a selfie. She had forgotten her cellphone in the car, so she didn’t participate in the ritual. Ahead, she saw the shimmering rays of the day’s sun and heat vibrating from the asphalt of the newly opened footpath encompassing Lake … Continue reading Shimmer
Sensing her presence, he turned and offered to buy her a drink, saying ‘Belly up,’ while holding his hand out towards the space at the bar next to him. Without warning, the woman dropped on her back, lifted her shirt, exposing her belly. Embarrassed, the man exclaimed.“Get up off the floor!” By then everyone was … Continue reading Belly Up
If I can write a story using less than 280 characters, you can too. It's great way to practice cutting extra words from your work. Go to Twitter and type in #vss365 and give it a shot. Here's an example of my most recent attempt: #vss365 #WritingCommunity #HorrorCommunity Tom knelt, looking over the ledge at … Continue reading Edit, edit, edit…
It was her first call as a newly hired dispatcher, “Nine-one-one, fire, police or ambulance?” There was pause. “I’d like to order a pizza,” a trembling woman’s voice responded. “Ma’am, I think you called the wrong number.” “No, I haven’t.” “You called 9-1-1.” “Yes.” Suddenly, there was a hard thudding sound, and a faint cry, … Continue reading Three-topping Special
A slow start today, as I woke a little bit stiff and sore. My son, daughter-in-law and I went to Lake Tahoe to sight see, take pictures and hike. Using as few words as possible, I wanted to show you a couple of highlights. The above photograph was taken from State Route 28. A few … Continue reading Not in as Bad of Shape as I Thought
William Donald Lund, Jr. passed away on January 30, 2020 at the age of 63. Better known as Bill, he was born on December 1, 1956 in Sacramento, CA. While he grew up in Northern California all his life, it wasn’t until 1973 that he moved to Crescent City from Blue Lake, with his family. … Continue reading Bill Lund, 1956-2020
“So you don’t believe in our ‘folk tales,' huh?” the Indian fishing guide, using air-quotes, asked the younger man. He’d been telling the out-of-stater some of the Paiute's scariest myths and legends, hoping to add a seed of doubt to the man’s cynical attitude about native ways. “I don’t believe in UFO, Bigfoot, or the … Continue reading True Believers
https://soundcloud.com/sierra-tom-darby/in-02052020 The night before last, Brady found a number of his Basque neighbor, Miguel Lardizábal’s sheep butchered. The animals had been killed violently, throats torn, dragged about as they bled, leaving thick lines and splotches of deep crimson in the otherwise white and newly fallen snow. The beast which killed them had also left behind … Continue reading Imaginary Nevada: February 5, 1920
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Today, I was pleasantly surprised to be published as a guest blogger in "Happiness between Tails by da-Al," who in her own words, describes her childhood as having been "spent between U.S. coasts and parts of Spain while I corresponded with my grandmother in Argentina." This one line sounds magical all by itself! Aside from … Continue reading Guest Blog
“I had a completely different idea about what All-Souls day meant,” she smiled. “What, did you misspell it in your head, too?” he asked. “Yes, and when I had to kick off my shoes or be dragged skyward, I finally got it,” she returned. “It definitely isn’t what anyone was thinking while listen to bible … Continue reading How Angels Tread
The doctor said, ‘brain tumor,’ but those two words vanished as she added, ‘six months to live,’ and ‘immediate treatment.’ To make matters worse, a deadly Zombie virus was been making the global rounds. He had a decision to make and he had to be quick about it. It was easy, slipping into the isolation … Continue reading Bedside Manner
There’s a fairy ring of mushrooms growing in my front yard. The only option to safely remove them is to pull them up wholesale. It wasn’t long before I regretted doing so. Several things mysteriously went missing from the house: an entire jar of change, the television remote, my truck keys, my favorite coffee cup. “What … Continue reading Never Mess with a Fairy Ring
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It was a situation Tom never thought of and one which should’ve never happened. But once it was brought to his attention, as a supervisor, he knew he couldn’t let it stand. A dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks van operator came to him complaining that the know-it-all woman in the front office kept changing the number of exemptions on … Continue reading All in the Paperwork