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PB Chapter One - Mitsuki Makoto

by youka 

Beyond the glass of the window beside me, I see many houses and trees stretching along the town, lit a bright yellowish orange colour by the bright sun shining through the thick yellow smoke clouds in the polluted orange sky. Orange and black is all I really see: the rooftops, the dark casted shadows. My name is Mitsuki Makoto and my dream is to become a musician. I hate school, it wasted every second of my life I could be spending doing what I love. Well, at least it's my final year. I looked away from the window towards all the students in the class. I could see them all since I was located at the back left of the class, unless you had to look at me from the front, then it would be your right. Everyone seemed to be doing their own thing, some were sleeping on their arms, others were playing with their pencils, then there's the very few that were actually paying attention to that babbling moron in front of the class. One of them was that new girl, Kara, Kali, Kaga, can't remember her name. She arrived this morning only, didn't say a word. As I looked at her, she turned her hair and looked me straight in the eye. She was in the centre desk at the back so we were both looking sideways. I tried looking away for a while and looking back to check if she was still staring at me. Each time, she was till staring at me. Her face seemed very calm, no signs of anger, shyness, nothing.

"Hey, Makoto!" a sudden voice called to me. I flung forwards quickly and saw Toura standing in front of me with both his hand on my desk. Toura is my friend, we've been friends since we were little. His real name is Toura Makoto, but we call each other by our last names not to get confused. I was about to ask what he was doing when I realised that everyone else was out of their seats and moving around the class. The teacher was gone too. I was so captivated by that new girl's stare that I didn't hear the bell ring. I looked up in front of me. The first thing I noticed was the bright orange sunlight shining on Toura's face.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 29  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 23
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Hold On

by Dennis Baylor

“Put your seatbelt on, babe.”

Rachel pivots her head onto Stan’s shoulder, toward his mouth. “There’s nothing out here,” she responds.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 137  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 137
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by Pushpak Chattopadhyay

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 257  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 257
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Playing God

by Holly Jahangiri

He sits, cross-legged and sun-drenched, in a verdant meadow. Plucking a thin, young blade of grass, he rests it between his full lips and chews upon it, releasing its earthy juices. Nearby, the gurgling of a lazy brook lulls his mind, causing it to wander aimlessly. He is not even surprised when the green fairy appears, close enough to touch. She reaches out to touch his cheek, her long arm lithe as a dancer’s. She speaks: “You have dreamed of me, and I am here to grant the deepest wish of your heart of hearts.”

At this point, you know what he ought to say. You know what you want him to say. Your mouth opens and you form the words with exaggerated movements of your lips, like a parent urging an infant to eat. And yet, by the rules of the game, you must remain silent. You curse the Creator for introducing this damnable concept of “free will.” It’s frustrating – to him, to you, and possibly to the Creator himself. Move, you think, as loudly as you can. Say something.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 48  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 46

All-Time Patron Rankings:

Rank Name
1Cori Jones
2Tony Ferrero
4Stuart Ackerman
6Holly Jahangiri
7Jean Irizarry
8Heather Kephart
9Jason Cook
10Ellen Pall

All-Time Author Earnings:

Amount Name
$340.00Cori Jones
$106.00Holly Jahangiri
$60.00J. Leland Kupferberg
$15.00Paul Beckman
$15.00Andrea Helaine
$15.00Tracie McBride
$15.00Salvatore Buttaci
$10.00Lazar Goldshlager
$10.00Maria Elizabeth Romana
$5.00Isabella Nativ

All-Time Novel Earnings:

Amount Title
$340.00Hanging Wasp by Cori Jones
$10.00Little Miss Straight Lace by Maria Elizabeth Romana
$5.00Ruby Sun by Paige Owen 

All-Time Short story Earnings:

Amount Title
$106.00The Trouble with Oliver by Holly Jahangiri
$40.00Up and Over by J. Leland Kupferberg
$20.00Craftsman's Volley by J. Leland Kupferberg
$15.00Get Off The Couch, Ann Landers! by Paul Beckman
$15.00Angel of Death by Andrea Helaine
$15.00Kill All Your Darlings by Tracie McBride
$15.00The Drummer Yusipov by Salvatore Buttaci
$10.00Tales of The Hang Buddy by Lazar Goldshlager
$5.00Bedtime Story by Isabella Nativ
$5.00Skin for Skin by Jonathan Papernick

Match Bout Standings:

Rank Title Matches Leading
1Benjie Boy81.82%
2The Pens81.82%
3The Hand of God80.00%
4Angel of Death76.47%
5Near Death75.00%
6One of Those Days72.22%
9Tales of The Hang Buddy65.38%
10Wreck of the Marie Jenny65.00%

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