Short story From a Prompt: Prompt is a movie quote taken out of context. PROMPT: “We’ll never succeed!” “Nonsense! You’re only saying that because no one ever has!” --- Maxine skirted the edge of the lake, clinging tightly to the small clammy hand of the frightened child she pulled along behind her. The murky water …

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The Substance

Short story, intended to be scary, from a prompt. PROMPT: At first, we thought the black liquid was oil, that we'd struck it rich and that we would be able to retire and live in leisure. We actually started writing down all the ways we would spend the money. Our first choice was… *** … …

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