My Poor Nerves!

Image Credit: David K., Prenton, United Kingdom The author's comments: I think that Pride and Prejudice would have had a much more satisfactory ending had it finished on this happy note. Every single day, Mr. Bennet- bless his heart- would have to listen to the annoying, obnoxious, grating voice of Mrs. Bennet. And, every single day, he would have to endure it. For over twenty years, she nagged and nagged and nagged. She complained and complained and complained. All she ever did was whine about her "poor nerves." Slowly Mr. Bennet was losing his patience. One day, he pulled out his AK-47 and shot her five times in the head. And that, as they say, was the end of that.



AJ JOSEPH: Guardian

It protects me while I sleep. From the eight-legged reptile under my bed. From the violent poltergeist in my kitchen. From the woman in white with midnight hair down to her feet, who waits among the banana trees in my garden. It protects me, the strange being in my wardrobe. AJ Joseph occasionally writes at … Continue reading AJ JOSEPH: Guardian →

STORY OF THE WEEK: July 14

The story of the week for July 8 to 12 is… After the Water by Evan McMurry

JENNIFER KENNETT: Into the Sand

Her heavy legs had stood and waited. Her aching arms had pushed through the crowds. A salty tear rolled down onto her tattered jacket as she watched the doors of salvation thud closed. The city was full. Now she had nothing left to do but head back into the sand. After graduating university with a … Continue reading JENNIFER KENNETT: Into the Sand →

JEN MIERISCH: Chicago Shall Rise Again

Tomlinson raged to his feet, scattering the table and playing cards. “Cheater!” he hollered at O’Leary. “Go home, Tomlinson, you’re drunk!” As Tomlinson stumbled toward the barn door, his boot knocked over the lantern. For three days, Chicago burned. Tomlinson blamed it on O’Leary’s cow. Nobody alive could contradict him. Jen Mierisch draws inspiration from … Continue reading JEN MIERISCH: Chicago Shall Rise Again →

LAUREN EVERHART-DECKARD: Fear Foods

Sugar is the enemy. Fat is poison. Mantras like these run on a loop inside my foggy mind. Staring down the overflowing plate, my heart thunders against my ribcage at the thought of eating blacklisted snacks. Grimacing, I take a bite of the Hershey bar. Recovery is a slow process. Lauren is an undergraduate student … Continue reading LAUREN EVERHART-DECKARD: Fear Foods →