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fearless
by Dammy
Ontario, Canada
Fantasy
The water is cold when I dip my toes in, sharp, icy, and almost painful but I ignore the sting and take a few steps back, stripping my clothes off as I move. I give myself a running start then plunge head-first into the freezing water. With languid strokes across the still lake, I push every...
adult
fear
by Lucas Pederson
Iowa, United States
Horror
The old man clutched a rusted metal box in his trembling, liver-spotted hands. His bloodshot eyes shifted to the boy for a moment, then fixed on the muddy waters of the river not far away.The boy, Kaeson Miller, age fourteen, shifted from one foot to the other. A frown touched his face. He glanced...
youth
fear
by Y. C.
Ohio, United States
Horror
content warning: Homophobia in Relation to Coming Out
The back of my neck is sticky with sweat. My pale, bony knees tremble behind a curtain’s shadow as I peer through a bright sliver. There are eyes—tens, hundreds of eyes boring into my skin. They twitch and blink, pupils shifty and slanted in boredom. My clammy fingers pinch away at the layers of...
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by Weiwei Song
Minnesota, United States
General
 Note: This is a work of flash fiction. Any similarity to real-life persons or events is purely unintentional and by coincidence. TW for implied homophobia and accidental death.     The Partner in Crime.      Just a ten-minute drive.      Her words...
adult
fear
by Daniel Eggers
Saskatchewan, Canada
Horror
On the outskirts of the Silent City—Delaine—sits an unfeasible forest the reclusive and flamboyant alike flock to. The Sun rises and sets behind the curtain of the ever-shifting woodland that had appeared innumerable centuries ago, casting dense shadows of the impossible trees over the city at all...
teens
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by Emma U.
West Virginia, United States
Horror
Tessa jolted as the school bell sounded throughout the school. It had woken her from the mid-health class nap she had decided was necessary. She stood, stretching out a bit, and grabbed her bag, heading towards the art room. Nate and Paige would already be there, but Alex? Probably not. At least...
adult
fearless
by Alaye Idikio
Alberta, Canada
Horror
There was nothing but pitch black in all directions. There wasn’t a single bit of light. All he could see was darkness. But he could still hear. The sounds of whimpering and crying. The kids were with him, and they were scared. They had every right to be. He was scared too, but didn’t show it...
teens
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by MysticWriter
Texas, United States
Mystery
Crunch! Crack! Is all I hear as I’m running through the forest. I don’t know how long I’ve been running, but I have to keep going no matter what. I can see a small broken down abandoned cabin in the distance, if I keep moving I can make it. I turned to look back, then I realized that was a big...
youth
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by Madam Me
South Carolina, United States
Horror
The moonlight crept in through the curtains of my bedroom window. The nearly silent sound of the air blowing through the vent above my bed was the only thing keeping me from going insane.I was lost, lost within myself. I couldn’t even organize myself mentally.The innocent me cried...
adult
fear
by Gigi
California, United States
Science Fiction
Nobody ever told me that I would be haunted by a lingering ghost. This isn’t so much a what as a why. Why is it haunting me? There is this sick feeling that reaches outward from the pit of my stomach. The realization that this unnamed (unnamed because who wants to discuss it?) sensation will not go...
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by Finn coleman
New Jersey, United States
Horror
The only thing I like about the night shift is that I work at home. That is the only thing I can think as I walk up the basement stairs. My office being nestled in the far corners of the basement makes it great for privacy when I work. I once again now ascend the stairs in an attempt to make it to...
adult
fear
by Eurybia
Arkansas, United States
Horror
content warning: Death/Dying, Loss of a Child
It felt wrong for the sun to be shining on such a day as this. The movies always had rain, a dark time matched by a glum background. Life was not kind enough to grant Tristan that small mercy. With every lump of dirt shoveled onto the small grave, the father could feel a part of him wither away...
youth
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by Nova Luna
California, United States
Horror
No one had seen the planet this close before. The sight of their destination enamored the viewers, filling them with adrenaline that only served to make the crew more anxious in their tightly strapped seats.    Back at mission control, the Head of Engineering, Dass sat in his chair...
adult
fearless
by Lindsey Hobson
Missouri, United States
Horror
A cool breeze whips through the trees, scattering dead leaves like confetti. I pull the hood of my sweatshirt over my head, tugging the strings to tighten it around my ears. The sun is starting to set. I’ll need to start looking for shelter for the night. Although I haven’t seen anyone for weeks,...
youth
fear
by Alkotra
California, United States
Mystery
 Checking my watch, it is 9:27 am. 3 minutes to my meeting, I should be on time. I step into the elevator, as usual. A familiar ding chimes again when I push a button to the floor of my meeting. The doors close, and click shut. The lights dim. The elevator starts going up, but...
teens
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by Morgan
Manitoba, Canada
Fantasy
The Moon dressed in SaturnOne day the Moon was doing its everyday tasks when all of a sudden, the Moon felt a familiar emotion. Every once in awhile the moon… feels like being Saturn. The Moon doesn’t know why it gets this feeling, but it knows it’s a very confusing feeling. This feeling reminds...
teens
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by Mai
Ontario, Canada
General
“Oh great, I’ve gone even more way off...” I squinted at my phone screen as I stood in the middle of a winding trail that led me to nowhere but deeper into the forest. Hoods of trees blocked much of the view around me. I took a quick sip out of my water bottle, with only half remaining and tucked...
youth
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by Cameron L.
Florida, United States
Horror
I breathed heavily as I ran through the forest under the midnight sky. The crisp breeze flowed through my lungs while branches whipped my body. There was no need to turn around, I knew the beast was there, I could feel its eyes boring into my skull. Picking up my pace, I ran deeper into the woods,...

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