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Dork Tower | The Place for All Things Dork

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment
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Learning a lesson

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

This time, I put the story into wordpress and saved the draft at the beginning of the week. Let’s not repeat last week’s flub.

I think I am going to attempt NANOWRIMO this year. I don’t know that it matters, but since I am about to start writing another novel, why not play along with the rest who celebrate National Novel Writing Month?

Settling on the idea is difficult. I just don’t know what to put on paper. There worse problems to have, but being indecisive isn’t going to get the draft written.

L. E. White

T. S. Eliot

Marnie pulled the ends of the ribbon and untied the thin, blue, pieces of silk that held the little black box together. She was careful, trying to keep from getting yelled at by her grandmother. The same ribbon held together every birthday present she had received for the last twelve years. It wouldn’t do to have it snap now.
“I hope you like it,” the old woman said.
“I know I will. You didn’t have to do this.” Her grandmother was poor. The kind of poor people made jokes about. Saying things about rubbing pennies together or how church mice would share with her. Marnie knew the gift would be small and simple, but her father had explained why these gifts were the best of all. Her friends never understood the meaning of her grandmother’s birthday presents, and she felt sorry for them.
“I will do as I please,” the feisty old woman said. “Now open it up.”
Marnie smiled as she lifted the lid. One of her grandmother’s white handkerchiefs covered something, so she lifted the ends. Below the cloth was a shiny black and gold cylinder inside.
“What is it?”
“Open it the rest of the way and find out.”
Marnie picked it up and twisted the cap off. A delicate fountain pen made of gold and silver rested in her hand, reflecting the overhead lights on Marnie’s glasses.
“Oh Nana.”
“I hope you like it. When I found it, I thought about how you got that poem published in the paper last year.”
“This is beautiful. How …” Marnie voice cracked before she could finish the question. She glanced over at her parents. Her mother was staring at the pen with wide eyes and her father’s mouth was hanging open.
“Now don’t you worry about how much it was.” The old sat up a little straighter and smirked at her granddaughter. “I found it at a yard sale. They said it is out of ink but that you can buy ink for it at the art store in the college.”
“There is a card in the box too.”
Marnie’s mother moved over to the couch beside her and her father went to sit beside his mother. Marnie could her him whisper his questions about the price as her mom lifted the handkerchief out of the box to reveal a tiny yellow card. There were three lines of elegant, looping handwriting on the card and a picture of a circle on the back.
“The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink,” Marnie read.
“By T. S. Eliot,” her mother said. “I wonder if this was his pen?”
“Couldn’t be. Could it?”
They both shrugged before Marnie gave her grandmother a hug.
Marnie sat at the desk, holding the pen above the paper and swirling it around like a dog trying to find his spot to sleep.
“I wish there was ink in it,” she said. Marnie put the pen to paper and pulled it along. She felt a tingling in her hand, and then a thick, black line began to flow from the pen.
“Yes,” Marnie said as she made a few loops before re-writing the T. S. Eliot quote. “Now I don’t have to buy ink.”
She began to write, a poem about gratitude appearing on the page.
Her father found her then next morning. Poems and pieces of stories surrounded the pale, stiff body slumped over the desk. The pen was still in her hand, the last drop of ink congealed to the tip.

Categories: Flash Fiction, Horror, Writing

Better late than never

October 1, 2014 Leave a comment

I opened the directory where I had written a short story to post this week, and the document was empty.

That sucked.

So, I didn’t have anything much to say this week outside of the story. I have stories submitted and I am waiting on responses. I have stories I am working on and I have poetry I am writing. Not much that is new worthy.

Considering that this weeks offering to the muses just died a horrible electronic death, I am going to post a story that I wrote a few years ago. This one was published by Sirens Call Publications in one of the early volumes of their e-zine. You can get this and other great stories from them for free by going here.

L. E. White

Duck, Duck, Goose

She didn’t know how long she had been in the box but she was sure that more than a day had passed. Urine puddled around the soles of her shoes where she hadn’t been able to hold it anymore and the smell was terrible. The box was about three feet on each side so there was enough room to sit or crouch but no more. She hadn’t been given any food since ending up in the crate and the gnawing pain in her stomach fought for her attention with the cramps in her lower back and legs.

She fought to keep control of her body as her guts twisted with their need to be emptied. As bad as the urine was she couldn’t imagine the smell if she actually took a dump in the corner of the box. The holes near the top might let air in but they wouldn’t let enough smell out.

Light blared into the box and she shifted to her knees while trying to peer out of the vents.

The room was filled with similar boxes and she could see eyes looking out of some of the closest. A large man opened one box and drug a small black woman out of it. Cuffs were slapped on thin brown wrists and the girl was hung by them from a chain in the center of the room.

The man rolled a toolbox over and opened it before stepping out of view. The girl looked into the box and started begging. “Please don’t! I’ll do anything you want! Please!”

He stepped back into view and shoved a ball gag into the woman’s mouth. Hitching breaths and mumbled pleas continued for a few minutes as he stood back with his arms crossed. When everything finally quieted down a little a deep voice said, “It’s time to have some fun.”

She bit her knuckle, crying and flinching as he had his “fun” with the hanging woman. She tried to turn away but the muffled screams and agony filled grunts refused to allow her to do anything but watch as one horror after another was inflicted on the poor girl. She turned and puked behind her when the girl had her gag removed and was offered a chance to end it by wrapping her lips around a cold snub nose. The sound of sobs and vomiting inside the crate didn’t cover the thunderous crack of the pistol that followed the decision.

After a few minutes she looked out again but the body was nowhere to be seen. The big man walked into view and approached another crate close to hers. He slapped the top of it and yelled, “Duck.”

He stepped closer to her and slapped another crate, “Duck.”

Closer again, “Duck.”

Shadows danced across the back of her crate as he stepped in front of it. Her bowels released as the crate rattled with the force of his hand landing on the wood above her.


Categories: Flash Fiction, Horror, Links


October 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Today’s post will be late. Still today, but late.

L. E. White

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