A momentary traipse through darkness

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 land below; he was surrounded in all directions by clouds blooming vermillion, lavender, and rose hues, lit by a perpetual sunset. The […]

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As his skin began to peel and was pulled off by the machine’s forces, he felt no pain. He watched as the particles floating off his body diffused into the atmosphere, where they disintegrated seemingly into nothingness. He felt no fear, no sense of anxiety as all this happened. Those sentiments he had already experienced […]