My upbringing was about as traditional as an upbringing gets. My parents were married, I had a younger sister, we lived in a nice suburban neighborhood, I had friends at school, all the trappings of a normal, healthy childhood. But there was one thing. One rule. One rule...

โ€œAlright, class, we have a new student joining us today.โ€ Everyone straightened their backs and perked up, intrigued by the prospect of someone new the way only children can be. Only Michael remained slouched, head on one arm and playing at indifference, but still, he looked...

It had rained off and on that summer night, leaving the forest dark and humid. Pushing through the wet underbrush after his friend, Noah wiped his hands on his pants, gripped his flashlight tighter, and complained, โ€œBut what if the ghost is real?โ€ Crunching through the...

The day I accidentally witnessed my physics teacher die horribly, I didnโ€™t know what to do. I went to my classes in a daze, sat there stunned for hours, and wondered if people would think I had something to do with it if I reported...

I graduated from high school a few years back. I still live with my parents, but Iโ€™m using this time to my advantage. Theyโ€™re kind enough not to charge rent and that allows me the ability to save up almost every penny I make. The...

James was an eight-year-old boy with the heart of a dog and the energy of a hummingbird. His mother died when he was only five, so he lived with his grandmother, Babcia. They were very poor: their house was a tiny, dilapidated thing, with a...

The invasion began in 1985, or so we were told. The headlines immediately caught our attention, โ€œKiller Bees Found on Southern Border!โ€ These were the type of things that sparked the imagination of every child. It filled our heads with images of terrifying attacks and...

I was just a kid. I didnโ€™t know any better. Even if I could go back, what would I have done differently? Could I have changed what happened? Could I have done anything at all? Probably not. Even so, I canโ€™t help but dwell on...

โ€œDo not go outside! Ignore all cries for help, no matter how human they sound!โ€ shouted Alexโ€™s dad. He pulled the cellar door over and paused to look back. โ€œAnd lock this door behind me.โ€ The door slammed shut. Alex locked it, walked down the stairs...

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