Congratulations to Michael Phillis whose riveting opening to Danger Club galloped past the 100 vote mark!

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The door flung open startling me awake.

Danger Club

The horses would not stop screaming.

The Princess of Mythric

The cold pricked her skin mercilessly like a thousand needles. A blanket, soaked with sand and bits of sea draped over her shoulders.

The Fancypants Fallacy, pt. 2: Navigating

A DullPencil Editor blog post


Her eyes are a pretty shade of steel-gray.
That’s the one recurring thought I have as I stand, face partially obscured by shadows, scoping out my next target from across the street.