Knives Dark – Chapter 8 – “Innocence”

In his dreams, he saw her beautiful, innocent face. They’d known each other when they were children. Her black hair was pulled back into a tight ponytail. She laughed and danced with him, and with her, he felt happiness. When they were tired, they collapsed on the grass in each other’s embrace, foreheads touching. In […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 7 – “Hypocrisy”

As Allan sat alone in the early morning twilight, he contemplated so much of what had happened over the course of his life. There was the unceasing depression, the emptiness that plagued him and left him with zero ability to derive pleasure or enjoyment from anything. There was his organic desire to fall in love, […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 6 – “Arclaud”

In the top room of Golias Tower, situated upon the Cliffes of Arkenaa and overlooking the great Kazenaa Sea, there was a table-like slab resembling a coffin in its dimensions. Ornate bas relief of skulls, ribcages, claws, and teeth were sculpted meticulously into its stone, once white marble, now nearly black with the refuse of […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 5 – “Ideation”

Allan woke up in a cold sweat, breathing heavily. He stared blankly into the darkness, listening to the whir of his room fan. In his mind’s eye, he imagined a gun, a .357 magnum, and a single hollow-point round. He placed the bullet in the magnum’s chamber, spun it, and flicked the gun to lock […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 4 – “Adfector”

Proelium. Contentio. Conatum. Conflictus. (Latin) Jihad. Alnidal. Sirae. (Arabic)  Kampf. (German) Dòuzhēng. (Chinese) Kamf. (Yiddish) Saṅgrāma. (Bangla) Struggle. Contendunt. Contendo. Affecto. Nitor. Annitor. Adnitor. Enitor. Obnitor. Adfector. (Latin) Jahad. Kafih. Aistabsil. (Arabic) Streben. Suchen. Trachten. Eifern. (German) Nǔlì. Fèndòu. Lìtú. Miǎn. (Chinese) Shtrebn. (Yiddish) Strive. *** He stood upon a transparent plane. There was no […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 3 – “Elementary”

Allan and Jim had been friends since high school. They’d reconnected years later, when Jim was working as an assistant lawyer for his father’s firm and Allan needed someone to represent him for a speeding ticket. Ever since then, they’d been meeting up at Bill Gray’s old-fashioned diner on a semi-regular basis to get plates […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 2 – “Descent”

As Allan stood watching over the city bathed in morning light, he reflected upon something that had been on his mind of late. It was the concept, or rather the delusion, of being in love. He’d oscillated between both poles of the emotion before: from the top of cloud nine, where all the world was […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 1 – “A thesis for God”

Outside, the morning September air was crisp, the sky vermilion hued with the fiery glow of sunrise. Allan Darque opened the garage door to his mansion situated in the countryside just outside the suburbs of the city of Rochester in upstate New York. He looked at his two sports cars, a black Honda Civic Type-R […]

I love you more than this world – Chapter 1, Part 0

Dedicated to the women I have fallen in love with and continue to love. You may never understand how I feel. Despite us being strangers, you have afforded me tremendous patience. All of you mean more than the world to me. I wish you and your spouses the happiness you deserve, and more. Hadrian Solmnus […]

Game of Life

They played a game of Go on 23×23 grid in a quiet chamber whose walls glowed iridescent and from whose ceiling an artificial sun cast soft warmth over everything. “It’s interesting,” VAR-1026 commented as he placed a black piece on the board. “Of 6.24 quintillion simulated universes I’ve executed that gave rise to intelligent life, […]