Dec 05

Ten Days of Winter, 1892

Editor's note: In the 11+ years of this site, I have shared only a couple of things on the belief that this is your site, not mine. But I am sharking this because, well, becaue I thought you might like to read/listen to it and, also, to see that some stories take a long time to develop. I'd love some feedback -- this is your chance! :) 

I wrote this piece of fiction for Winter Tales 2017 and it was presented by Vermont Stage in its shows Dec. 6-10, 2017 at FlynnSpace. (It also was going to be presented at a similar winter story show in East Montpelier on Dec. 16.)

Audio download:
TenDaysofWinter1892.mp3
Feb 13

The House

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Feb 13

The Pendant

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The old iron bell jangles as I step into the familiar shop. I wave to the owner, a kindly old gentleman, who smiles at me as he always does and says hello. He seems to appreciate my visits, even though I don't often buy anything. 

I make my way through a maze of old bookshelves and chairs, paintings, vases and other miscellaneous objects. I know almost all of it by memory and can tell whenever the store has sold something. 
Sep 21
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The Afterlife





Andy looked around.

   Where am I? Was all he could ask himself. He couldn’t open his mouth, blink, lift an arm or leg, or… Breathe! I can’t breathe! I’m going to die! Help! But no help came and all he could do was turn his head and observe the small white room that seemed to be straight out of those optical illusion photos you see on the internet. It was moving, but Andy knew it was not.

Hello Andy!

A chorus of voices echoed through the room and right after they bounced off the walls and into Andy’s ear, a wave of nausea flowing through Andy and making him gag.

Sit down, Andy! The voices said. And sit down Andy did because out of nowhere a black wooden chair popped up behind him and without commanding himself to do so, Andy sat down. Hands in lap and back straight.

Welcome Andy, to the Blisses!
Sep 21
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The Afterlife





Andy looked around.

   Where am I? Was all he could ask himself. He couldn’t open his mouth, blink, lift an arm or leg, or… Breathe! I can’t breathe! I’m going to die! Help! But no help came and all he could do was turn his head and observe the small white room that seemed to be straight out of those optical illusion photos you see on the internet. It was moving, but Andy knew it was not.

Hello Andy!

A chorus of voices echoed through the room and right after they bounced off the walls and into Andy’s ear, a wave of nausea flowing through Andy and making him gag.

Sit down, Andy! The voices said. And sit down Andy did because out of nowhere a black wooden chair popped up behind him and without commanding himself to do so, Andy sat down. Hands in lap and back straight.

Welcome Andy, to the Blisses!
Sep 21
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Rain

Sometimes the rain doesn’t stop, despite thinking you can brave the last few kilometres. Sometimes it gets harder. Sometimes the sky decides that you have wronged it, and dumps merciless buckets of revenge on you from all sides. Today is one of those days. I wade barefooted through the flood, my expensive Converse clutched against my chest, leaking water down my raincoat with each step. It’s easier than wearing them. It’s hard to imagine, now, that trees possess colour, not when the overcast clouds reflect gloom on all that the rain touches. The only thing that stands out amidst the grey is my umbrella - a scarlet beacon of hope, but essentially useless in providing shelter from the rain - and my scarf, whipping violently to the side. I have no idea where I’m going. I can only hope I’m retracing my steps correctly back to civilization. A gust of wind throws me to the side, and out of reflex, I thrust my hands outward to stop my fall.
Sep 21
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After You're Dead

After You’re Dead

After you’re dead, we all ponder what happens.  
Alice thought she wouldn't die so young, especially not as fast as she did when someone pushed her off that great towering cliff and into the water.

But now she saw her body from afar, and no one had showed up yet, as she thought. Maybe if I yell someone will notice me, she thought hopelessly. She tried her luck, but only ended up giving herself a sore throat.

After a while of roaming the hills and mountains of Colorado with her newfound speed, she saw an odd opening in a cliff that was glowing a bright red. She flew silently forward and through the opening, but got sucked in at the last second, and she spiraled through a whirlwind of colors and tumbled out of a circular entrance and into a crowd of people.

Oh wait, she thought, they’re dead people and animals. It all made no sense. She should not have died, at least not yet. But she was dead.
Sep 21
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The Afterlife

The Afterlife

In the afterlife, people swim inside jelly beans, relax in hot fudge hot tubs, play soccer with a giant cheese ball, and only eat fast food and apples. Heaven would be like heaven: free iPhone X's and iPads with infinite storage and infinite gigabytes.


By John Underwood

9-18-18

 
Sep 21
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The Afterlife

The Afterlife

In the afterlife, people swim inside jelly beans, relax in hot fudge hot tubs, play soccer with a giant cheese ball, and only eat fast food and apples. Heaven would be like heaven: free iPhone X's and iPads with infinite storage and infinite gigabytes.


By John Underwood

9-18-18

 
Sep 21
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Vampires in a Sunset


Vampires in a Sunset

                                        

It was one evening that the sunset was much brighter than usual. It was hard of course, for the vampires. The humans attacked us, and my sister betrayed me.

Our skin was starting to burn. We knew that we shouldn't stay in the sun for this long, but if we stopped the humans would find us.

I thought being a vampire would fix me, not like I had a choice. I remember not long ago, when I became a vampire, I came across a boy who was crying, so I walked over and asked, “Are you okay?” His crying turned into laughing, and then he bit me.

Soon we found land. We slept there for the night, but I couldn't help but admire the beautiful sunset.
 
Sep 21
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To the Dock at Sunset


To the Dock At Sunset
Charlie went to the dock at sunset because his parents told him that he had to go to bed, and he refused. So Charlie went to the dock to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunset and have some time alone, until he gets tired or sleepy.
By: Dexter Namkung
9/18/18
 
Sep 21
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Boy at a Lake with a Sunset

Boy at a Lake with a Sunset

A boy named Billy went to a dock to watch the sunset. Billy was on a adventure to find a sunset and he found a good view of a sunset on a  dock. Billy went to the dock to watch the sunset and he was happy to watch it. After the sunset was gone he went fishing. He was mad that he caught no fish, but Billy jumped in the lake and found no fish. Billy went home and ate dinner then went to sleep.

Leeland Montag

9/18/18

 
Sep 21
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People in an Unconventional Afterlife

People in an Unconventional Afterlife
People in the afterlife would own a private jet with leather seats, food, a couch, a plasma TV, beds, and a pilot. They would live in a 10,000 square foot mansion with an indoor heated swimming pool and servants. Each servant would have their own room with a flat-screen TV and a queen size bed. In the mansion, there would also be a coffee shop and a candy store. There would be a whole room just for storing money and a party room for when new people came to the mansion. (Did you know that about every second, five people are born and two people die?)
By Madison McConnell

9/18/18

 
Sep 21
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Afterlife's Socks

Afterlife’s Socks


In some people’s afterlife they sew socks made of special material so only the people who live in the afterlife world can wear them because they are made of magic gold. The workers who sew the socks melt solid bricks of gold and use a  bronze mold to shape the gold into string. The lions in the afterlife can’t play with this string because it is too hard for the animals.
The disco dudes in the afterlife wear the long, knee high socks that are made of gold when they go to disco parties, so when light hits the socks, they can blind everyone and run away while dancing with their removable afros.




By Sylvia Linder            September 18, 2018
 
Sep 21
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Joe and Alex at the Dock


Joe and Alex at the Dock

A boy named Joe wanted to go to the dock at Lake Champlain with his friend named Alex because they wanted to calm down after a busy day of school. So they went to the dock and talked about school and kids at their school. They talked and watched as the sun went down.
By Jacob Legayada

September, 18, 2018

 
Sep 21
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I'm a Ninja in My Afterlife

I'm a Ninja in my Afterlife!

Simba  just died a week ago. When he went to his afterlife, he was a ninja. He didn't know why. When he tried to take off the ninja suit, it  to but wouldn't come off. So he went to his ninja Village Elder. The Elder said, “That ninja suit is a curse! You must go seek Baba.”

“Who is Baba?” Simba asked.

“Baba is a magical sorcerer who put the curse on that ninja suit, but he didn't know you would end up in it. He thought it would have been some evil ninja named Haiku. You will need training and a sword.”
A week later, Simba set off on his long journey to find Baba. It was a long treacherous journey, Simba finally found Baba. He pleaded for Baba to take off the ninja suit.

Baba said, “Bring me Haiku’s blade and then I will take off the ninja suit.”
Sep 21
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Between Lives


Between Lives

When you die, you live in the stars a million miles away and turn into Star People. Star People have happy lives; they don’t need food or water, they just feed off of  love from the people on Earth. You float in the air to travel to Earth to get love from your live family and friends. All the love is personalized from the people that remember you on Earth. When there is no more love for you, you are forgotten and then you die again from starvation.

After you die for the second time, you get a new body and your soul becomes young. Then you begin again.
By Schuyler May Hagge

September 18, 2018
 
Sep 21
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Mrs. McPatterson in the Afterlife


Mrs. Mc Patterson in the Afterlife
Why did Johnny kill me? Was I really that bad of a grandma? Was it because of the motorcycles? Every little boy should have their own nice, big, real motorcycle. Shouldn’t they? Yes. They should. He was just ungrateful. Should I have gotten him that truck he wanted when he was five? That was twenty years ago! I was only ninety-two! How was I supposed to know what to get him! Am I going to be stuck here forever? Well I seem to have a lot of time to think.
Fifty years into the future...
A shape was slowly coming into focus. It was Johnny.

“Hi, Grandma! Wait, didn’t I kill you fifty years ago?!?!” he exclaimed.

“Johnny?!?! You’re still alive!”

“No. I died five seconds ago.”

“REALLY?!?!”

“Yeah, I think so.”

“Well, I think we’re stuck here forever.”

“I guess so.”
They bickered for the rest of their lives. Which was forever.

The end.
 
Sep 21
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An Unusual Afterlife


An Unusual Afterlife
One day there was an old granny. She was swimming in the ocean and she drowned. Then she found herself in the clouds. She looked around. She saw roads paved with gold and buildings made of silver. She saw unicorns and other magical animals. ¨What a great place!¨ said the granny. ¨This is a much better place than my hometown back on Earth.¨
By Quinn Eckler

9/18/18
 
Sep 21
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A Sunset He Won't Forget

A Sunset He Won’t Forget

There was a man named Daniel that just started his new job and his Dad was so proud of him. But then a couple days later something bad happened. Daniel rushed to the hospital and saw his dad. His dad was sick. Daniel stayed with his dad, but it just got worse. He was in there for about 2 days, but then he said goodbye. Sadly, he passed away. Daniel went back home and sat on his porch, watching the sunset. He sat there thinking of his dad. He was happy that he could say bye to him.

Christopher Cueva
September 17, 2018