Nameless here, forevermoreSimply say the word, and I’ll be to you as Lenore to Edgar - nevermore will you hear my name, except as a terrified whisper into the dark.Nameless here, forevermore by NewPseudonym
The PaintingAndy was wandering about an art museum. He had been going on a tour – he wasn’t entirely sure why, he just made the decision on impulse – but he found the tour guide boring and the other visitors somewhat annoying. So, he separated from the group and started wandering by himself.The Painting by NewPseudonym
He wound up in a room with only one painting in it. There was open space on the walls all around the room, and only the one painting hung on the wall. The painting stretched nearly floor to ceiling, and depicted a sole man in casual clothes against a black background.
There was nothing particularly special about the painting, the man in it was unremarkable, and other than the fact that it looked incredibly lifelike – like it could have been a photo – Andy could see no reason why it would be featured in a museum. And yet, the painting caught his attention immediately, and even drew him towards it. It took Andy a couple moments to realize that he was the only person in the room.
A DuelThe duel ring was abuzz with chattering. The viewing platform was filled to the brim, with countless scientists and military officials stuffed in like sardines. The whole room had been built as scientists had once again taken up the tradition of dueling to settle their differences, though the audience was usually smaller, and the platform creaked under the weight of so many people.A Duel by NewPseudonym
A duel was a rather appropriate measure for the specific issue at hand. Some scientist had recently invented a kind of energy field, and it had been developed into a kind of full-body shield. The particular disagreement was between two other scientists, Doctors Blake Smith and Sandra Miller. Dr Smith had insisted that such an energy shield could only protect against energy weapons, and that matter shot from a ballistics weapon would pass right through. Dr Miller, on the other hand, claimed that the shield would prevent ballistics from passing through, and would even protect better against them since energy w
Piece d'EtoileThe sun was beginning to set. It couldn’t be seen through the gray clouds spread across the sky, but it was hanging just above the horizon. The encroaching twilight dimly lit the beach and the town beyond, the wind bringing the scent of the sea inland, the waves lapping not-so-gently at the shore. A girl walked alone down the private beach, hands in the pockets of her hoodie, head bowed against the wind, the sand cool beneath her bare feet.Piece d'Etoile by NewPseudonym
Lena had run away from home again. Her friend Devon drove her down to her family’s beach house, to get away from her parents. She wished he had stayed, if only so that she wouldn’t be there alone. But while she was there, walking on the beach alone was a more attractive choice than staying in the house alone.
The wind picked up for a moment, blowing Lena’s hood back and uncovering her dark hair. Pulling her hood back up, Lena noticed something odd in the sand. It was glowing faintly, but it seemed to be by its own light rathe