Day 13 – Fantasies and Realities

We all have different dreams…and that’s the problem. We want different endgames and therefore can never truly get the fantasy we dream of. Because for dreams we need players, and each player has to perform exactly along the scripted lines. Otherwise, nothing is accomplished. The issue is that all players are real humans, and all people have different goals. No one wants to forever play the part in someone else’s fantasy because then his/her own will never become reality. 

A Downside to Royalty

A kingdom far away

A marriage arranged

Between a cocky young prince

And a girl made to change

“Be more feminine” they’d say

Slowly she conformed

And was sold to the king

To marry his son

She was princess Daisy

He was Prince Dom

And though it was forced

They fell for each other

She could hang

He was kind

They were in it together

Until one tragic day

When Dom’s father died

Too soon he passed away

Before Dom’s ruling time

Dom had to grow up fast

A kingdom at war

Take the crown, don’t look back

Princess Daisy becomes the queen

The young queen of a kingdom

Under stress at war

With a young king

Growing tired and older by the day

12 Insightful Quotes From Stories by Poe

Terrifying Tales, a collection of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, can be downloaded on iBooks. The majority of these stories convey a sense of haunting and gloom while keeping the reader very interested. Aside from the overall dark themes, there are lines from the scenes that, out of context, are intriguing. Here are the top 12 quotes from this collection of stories by Poe:

“…why will you say that I am mad?” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart

Are you mad? Do you often feel that you are a little bit off in the head? That’s okay.

“It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart

Use fear and adrenaline as tools in trying situations. Let these stress hormones propel your mind and body through the arduous scenario and make you stronger. Use it to your advantage.

“I smiled, – for what had I to fear?” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart

Be confident, regardless of the situation. Know how amazing and capable you are.

At length I would be avenged.” Narrator, The Cask of Amontillado 

Know that your time will come. Be patient and prepare for the day that moment arrives.

“The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

Enjoy the now. Let the stressors of your everyday life be put to rest, if only for a couple hours of fun.


“…the Time that flies.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

Think of time as a person that you can never seem to catch up with. Time is always on the move.

“There were much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

All walks of life are beautiful in their own way. Diversity on every point on each spectrum has its own form of fascinating mystery.

“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion. Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

Basically – some who think they are above the law, might be. They may never have to face adversity, but in the end, we are all the same.

“I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results.” Usher, The Fall of the House of Usher

Doing something might not be so bad, but what are the consequences of the actions you plan to do?

“Such opinions need no comment, and I will make none.” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher

It is often wise to stay quiet when another is vocal about his/her views on the world.

“His air appalled me – but any thing was preferable to the solitude which I had so long endured…” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher

A friend is a friend. No one is perfect.

“…I still retained sufficient presence of mind to avoid exciting, by any observation, the sensitive nervousness of my companion.” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher

Stay calm, never panic. Even if your partner in crime is freaking out. Don’t lose the sharpness of your mind.

Thank you for reading this post. Again, the stories themselves are haunting, but the lines are full of wisdom. Thank you much, and have a great day.

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The Wings of New (530 Word Story)

Barbara has seen three gruesome wars and multiple economic depressions. She had witnessed decades of societal changes and dozens of presidential races. She watched friends around her slowly wither away until death overcame them. She lost her husband to cancer. She had even watched two of her sons take their own lives. 

Through it all, Barbara remained resilient and continued along her path of creating a better world for her descendants. Her body was ready to leave the earth and decay in the dirt, but her mind and spirit still had much work to accomplish. 

“Are you ready, Mrs. Kelsey?” The nurse asked gently and held out a cold, soft hand.

Barbara nodded her head and grabbed the nurse’s hand.

“Are you afraid?” Asked the nurse.

“No. If it is my time to go, I will not argue.” Barbara clenched the rosary in her hand and brought it to her face. Silently, she said a prayer.

The nurse took Barbara to a room down the hall of the serpentine hospital. The room was white and reeked of sterilization. In the center sat a clean metal table. 

The nurse helped Barbara lie down on the table and then asked one more time, “Are you certain?”

Barbara said one final prayer and sighed, “Yes.”

The nurse injected a clear liquid into Barbara’s neck. Peaceful sleep overcame her.


“Alright, we are all finished.”

Barbara couldn’t see anything but blackness, but she began to register voices all around. 

The wings of steel were the first appendage she felt. She felt them, as if they were her own. They were her own. And for the first time in her life, it was time to fly. 

It was time to fly away from the life that had beaten her down day by day. It was time to fly away from the institutions that had failed her and the people who left her high and dry. 

Barbara’s vision finally began to clear. Her vision went from blurry to immaculate perfection – every tiny detail in the surgical room was sharp and defined. Nurses walked around the room covered in scrubs, gloves, and masks. 

And then Barbara saw her new shiny vessel. Gone were the days of barely getting around on two twice replaced hips and wretched knees. The days of flight were coming. Barbara’s birdlike body shimmered under the surgical lights. She brought her wings into view and smiled with her newly placed beak. 

“Goodbye,” Barbara whispered as she spread her mechanical wings across the room. Glass shattered and nurses screamed out in shock. 

Flapping the powerful appendages, Barbara rose from the gurney and shot up through the foam ceiling panels. She broke through to the next floor up and sped towards the first widow in sight. People all around screamed and ran, but Barbara was determined. 

She steeled her body and closed her eyes as she braced for impact with the glass. She barely even felt the widow shatter all around her polished frame. 

Feeling the sunlight hit her new feathers of steel, Barabara opened her eyes and saw the sun for the first time in weeks. 

She flew towards the sun, smiling and radiating freedom the entire time. 

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