2 votes   67 readings 3 min

It Started with Thunder

Steph Prizhitomsky, ago

It started with the thunder. The low grumble, as if from a ferocious animal, crept up on the castle, slowly and softly until it erupted with such vigor that it shook the teacups on their china ... [+]

0 vote   159 readings 3 min
Only in that instant did I remember what happened during a sleepover when I was a girl. Clad in rainbow star pajamas to match her name, Celeste shared that she had heard that if we twirled around ... [+]

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PSU Brunchin' Around
1 vote   66 readings 5 min
“I’m thinking of a number between one and fifty. You get three tries to guess what it is.”
“Ugh, I hate guessing games! I’m not a mind reader, you know?” It’s a good thing you ... [+]

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PSU For the Love of the Game
0 vote   77 readings 5 min
Leaves crunch beneath my feet and bare tree branches strike my cheeks as I push myself through the woods. My breath comes in quick, shallow pants, my lungs burning with each breath I force myself to... [+]

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PSU For the Love of the Game
5 votes   298 readings 3 min
Content warning: This story contains references to sexual assault.


The streets are always live during the day. People are in every corner trynna get what they can beggin for money or hittin ... [+]

3   1475 readings 3 min
Her nose knew this smell. The people. The men. Men. Men took the trees. Men made them hot and orange. Men would touch the trees to make them glow in the night. The trees began a new life that filled... [+]

2   554 readings 3 min
The leaves pull at your feet with a playful child's grip. The door holds your hand with a lover's urgency. The card reader clicks with a parent's chiding tone.

But you must go back. You've ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
1   535 readings 1 min
In the depths of his room
Illuminated by the twilight sky
A child laid in their room
Idly watching the seasons pass by.

The boy stayed trapped,
Buried over the years
Suffocating ... [+]

2   1513 readings 1 min
I stood over his sleeping body, knife in one hand and ring on the other. Today is our 3rd anniversary but it always felt like a funeral. It's funny how smiles always mask cries. When I first met him ... [+]

1   441 readings 5 min
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He finishes his drink, and briefly makes eye contact with the man across from him at the table. He excuses himself and stands, giving a stiff nod to the men at the table as they continue their ... [+]

2   633 readings 5 min
Theresa and Alexander were a happily married couple. They lived in the city of Denver, Colorado. Alexander worked as a receptionist for a high-end hotel, and Theresa worked as a dentist’s assistant.... [+]