Ride the Pale Landscape

Posted in Flash Fiction on May 6th, 2010 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

The pain never showed on the horses faces as they hoofed through the fresh fallen snow.  Though it kicked up like a dust cloud from a desert wasteland, they continued to push the animals harder than ought to be necessary lest it found them again.  The wounded man slumped over his saddle, uttering no sound with exception to the gurgling breath that oozed from his mouth along with oxygenated bubbles of blood.  The boy that kept pace caring for him tried for miles to get the rest of the party to slow their pace, but the pack leader would not hear of it, his wounds may get the best of him but at least they will return his corpse to a grieving widow.

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate, Epilogue

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on March 10th, 2010 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

I hate hospitals, always have.  Everything about these places gets to me, but it’s a temporary discomfort.  Stepping out of the elevator into the recovery ward, the smell assaults my nose instantly.  There’s so much alcohol in the air my arm starts to ache as I pass the nurses station.

Frenchie’s room is just down this hall and I can already hear his voice.  I listen just outside the door as the French bastard lays it on thick to the woman in his room.  Even here, he’s pulling tail like I never could.

Asshole.

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 9

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on February 19th, 2010 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

He gathers all his friends in a single place.  He thinks he has me grasping at straws, he thinks I believe Randy and Ricky are capable of all this on their own.  The revenge story is a tired plot, I’ve heard it at least a dozen and recited it on my own at least twice before I was twenty, the son of a bitch has no idea who he’s toying with.

The fucker’s guards go down easy; they’re not even worth a third bullet to make sure.  Guns aren’t very satisfying; a million assholes can squeeze a trigger, some of those assholes actually know what they’re doing.  Fists and blades are what I’m looking for, but I’m not an idiot. All these sons of bitches will be packing at least a nine mil. or even a forty-five. read more »

Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 8

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on February 5th, 2010 by Tom Moses – 1 Comment

“…have been burning well into the morning.  The third such fire erupting since the predawn hours, we are still waiting word from Global Securities chairman Marc Spector, but to this hour no one has been able to reach Marc Spector.”

There hasn’t been anything new in the news since before I can remember.  Just a load of heartless hate mongers with their own agendas to push down peoples’ throats.  I wanted to relax for a Saturday, take a load off, rest up and plan my next move; but the phone will probably start ringing in the next few minutes and I’ll have to find something to say to the Press.

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 7

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on January 22nd, 2010 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

Flames lick my skin; singe the hair at my legs.  I walk through the fire and yet I feel no pain.  I look all around as would a curious child, everything seems so upside down.  It’s like a fever dream, the floor is above me, yet I walk upright…just on the ceiling.  I can feel the prickling texture of the drywall at the bottoms of my bare feet.

It’s so very strange, where am I?

{You humans are funny creatures,} a voice calls out to me, familiar, I’ve heard it sometime before.  I look behind me, expecting to be sucker punched by another pansy but I see nothing.

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 6

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on January 8th, 2010 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

Orange burns through the overcast gray the best it can, only succeeding in small efforts to defeat the coming rain.  Across the four-lane street from an old friends’ house, the suns’ last grip on the daylight hours cause my eyes to strain.  The wind is slow and as quiet as the sidewalks are empty.  It’s a ghost town here and an impending sense of dreads takes the forefront of my mind.

All the foot traffic ceases and changes direction before the people come near Manny’s place.  And just like it is some Middle Eastern village in the middle of nowhere, I know something violent is coming.  All the signs are here.  There are no witnesses, no bystanders, even a cops’ cruiser makes a U-Turn at the intersection not twenty yards east of Manny’s small house.

I don’t like this one bit.

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 5

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on December 25th, 2009 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

Time inches by in slow motion.  I’m sweating enough to be living in a fever dream and it feels like months since she asked that question.  She’s got a tight grip on my Silver Star, something I was a little too proud of from my stint in Grenada.  I wasn’t even twenty years old, one hell of an idealistic Lance Corporal, a fresh face in Force Reconnaissance and looking to make a name for myself.  Goddamn, I should have died then, just like so many other days.

“Did you?”  She repeats, even though my silence is answer enough, she wants me to say it.  Hell I wouldn’t doubt she wants me to deny it.

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 4

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on December 11th, 2009 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

I hand the driver a twenty.  In my slowest, most unbroken English I can manage, he understands my request to wait.  The moment I step from the cab, I take in the deepest breath I think I ever have, for a second I’m actually light headed.

The putrid body odor several paces behind me, my nostrils are definitely thankful.  My heart rate hasn’t taken the chance to calm.  I’m still shaking.  I can feel the blood running through every artery.

I’m not angry.

For the first time all night, I’m not angry.  I’m not numb.

I’m excited.

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 3

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on November 27th, 2009 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

I hate hospitals.  The sterile smell of the halls, the soft colors on the walls, I’ve been to too many in my life time and there are too many memories attached to them.  None of it matters right now; I think my brain is entirely numb to anything except the anger.  Cops said this was a mugging, but what kind of mugger leaves behind an envelope of cash after shooting a man?

“Frenchie, what the hell were you doing with that money?”

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Moon Knight, A Twist of Fate pt. 2

Posted in Fan Fiction, Marvel Comics on November 13th, 2009 by Tom Moses – Be the first to comment

The clatter and commotion of the early morning routine has my head ringing.  Scores of people pass me on the sluggish trek to my office; a lazy hand gesture is all the energy I can muster.  I step foot into my office and a rush of fresh coffee invades my nostrils, forcing me awake for a mere second or two.

My eyes close with my head resting against the back of my chair.  Everything is quiet and the peace of the moment, if just what the doctor ordered.  The only sound I try to ignore is the sound of the fans inside the computer, nothing of consequence.

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