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The Suicide Of Jake Johnson
Based on prompt Activity: There was only one way out...
Nathaniel A Miller
I am a long time Information Technology Major, and a former Navy Protected Veteran but I have a strong love and passion for writing, also an avid reader with a very large collection of books. I have many influences through the years (Pro Authors) and those influences have kept me writing and strong in literature for over 20 years. I have completed over fifty short stories, three novellas, two serials to my credit and dozens of articles. Most of my writing began for the High School and College Newspapers. It was a hobby at first but the fun and passion started in college where I found a small following of fans who believed in me...
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A Restaurant At The Edge Of The Universe (Short Stories) Two local factions are warring in an area of the FED Space and to protect innocent blood must pull the station from the sector which it was established but not without peril as a new enemy keeps the E... [3,798 words] [Science Fiction]
A Stranger In A Strange Land (Short Stories) A science-fiction/Western of the life of a Bounty Hunter in the future who travels the stars collectng bounties for outlaws. [5,690 words] [Science Fiction]
Apples & Oranges (Short Stories) Based on prompt for writing.com (Give short dialogue between two pieces of fruit) [700 words] [Humor]
Ashes Of Io-216 (Short Stories) A story of a disaster in space on a far off colony across the Milky Way Galaxy. [3,510 words] [Science Fiction]
Character Introduction (Reference) Introduction to a main character that appears in a couple of serials that are currently on display on writing.com/nicestories.com and storymania.com in one short story. An idea I was kicking around. [1,273 words] [Biography]
Codename Alpha One Base (Short Stories) A prelude front base used for world war three against the Chinese Military. [2,256 words]
Dark Castle Mud Game: An Article (Non-Fiction) My first article in over eighteen years about a text game called a MUD that was popular from BBS circuits in the 1990s. Which still is active after 20 years of operations. [819 words] [Business]
Destination Starlight (Novels) Prelude to Healing Starlight, Return of Starlight, Forever Starlight. How Rijiin found rebirth into a new century after jumping out of time and space after his death in the future. [57,626 words]
Dum Dum Dum! (Short Stories) an inspired story from author I AM BEAR from Writing.com for the three words in a title for his notebook contest. [1,228 words] [Motivational]
Earthworld (Short Version) (Short Stories) A forbidden romance between a human and a sub culture race created in a new era of Earth's post holocaust future. [9,878 words] [Erotic]
Forever Starlight (Novels) A sequel to Return of Starlight [49,426 words] [Fantasy]
Galactic Empire Chronicles Ship List (Reference) Ship List for Stories: "The Galactic Empire Chronicles." A listing that featured more ships for the game on BBS, Featured in stories It was submitted and Researched using real US Navy Warships by Me..... [1,214 words]
Healing Starlight (Novels) A Story Series of Help, Healing, Redemption, and Second Chances. Part one of three [73,277 words] [Fantasy]
Latex Flower (Short Stories) A race of plants uses human females as hosts in a Death Valley town to repopulate their species and take over Earth. [6,135 words] [Erotic]
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Memoirs Of A United States Navy Soldier (Non-Fiction) The journey to and first night at Great Lakes Naval Training Center (Fort Moffett) [1,687 words] [Travel]
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Msflights: The Article (Non-Fiction) An in depth grievance and warning to all about the shady practicves of their site. [748 words] [Writing Resource]
My Death Scene (Short Stories) If you could have a death scene in third person, what would it be? A philosophical look at death. Goes with discussion on nicestories forum/ writing.com forum Mine is Braveheart... [6,325 words] [Fantasy]
Old Brindle (Short Stories) A story of my Great Grandmother in Cica 1936 rescuing the family cow, their only source of milk during the depression from a bad ice storm and the inventive ways taken. As told my Grandmother. 1st ... [1,559 words]
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Rose Snow: Space Explorer (Short Stories) A reunion between a father and daughter becomes a harsh choice for the father of what is good for the federation and what is good for him and his daugher personally. Inspired from picture, sci-fi girl... [1,811 words] [Science Fiction]
Song Of The Fairy Folk (Poetry) A poem that a friend wrote and i think is worth sharing. [249 words] [Fantasy]
Spider Kiss: (Short Stories) A piece based on "The Muse" Photo on Writing.com Picture story contest. A Teen who changes into a drider after an innocent bite from a spider. [2,406 words] [Horror]
Starship Down! (Short Stories) A story based on a science fiction picture (stock image) where a crew of humans must fight to survive a hostile world in space. [5,317 words] [Science Fiction]
The Abduction Of Shuttle 367 (Short Stories) Inspired on Hubble pic: An Earth Science vessel explores an unknown galaxy, running into trouble becoming prisoners. [4,895 words] [Science Fiction]
The Assassination Factor (Short Stories) How a team modifies past to stop harm in the future, but not without a price of existence. Written in HS Literature Class (1991) as an assignment [12,081 words] [Science Fiction]
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The Beach House (Short Stories) A sinister trip by Vacationers to Florida turns deadly. [2,023 words] [Horror]
The Bum And The Angel (Short Stories) Taken from the prompt: “A homeless man on a park bench is awakened by an angel.” [861 words] [Scientific]
The Castle Of Dreams: (Short Stories) It uses the concept of the times, contemporary Fantasy and the use of a Elvish language using a mix of three different dialects. [5,046 words] [Fantasy]
The City On The Edge Of Infinity (Short Stories) A city colony is in chaos in the Earth Federation against the terrorist group DOOM and it is going to take Veterans and heroes to protect the city from its destruction. [4,438 words]
The Cloud Kingdom Of Benvosa (Short Stories) A story of rebellion against a tyrannical King and a forbidden love between a planet dweller and a Cloud Kingdom Princess. 1st place winner Draw Your Swords Fantasy Contest: Writing.com [6,570 words] [Fantasy]
The Containers Of Grimm (Short Stories) Plague races across the Earth and the only way is to isolate victims using a new technology until a cure can be found. (Picture Contest Item: Writing.com) [1,434 words] [Science Fiction]
The Entity Of Castlebrook Close (Short Stories) An possession of an Apartment building leads to fifty murders and it takes an exorcism to destroy the demon before he destroys the city. [4,441 words] [Horror]
The Foundry Of Tomorrow (Short Stories) A science fiction piece about evolution of a machine after centuries alone. Written in HS Literature Class in 1991 as an assignment. [2,446 words] [Science Fiction]
The Galactic Empire Chronicles - Eps 2 (Short Stories) A pseudo series based on Game played on BBS in the 90's. Magic Kingdom BBS: "Departure to Destiny" [6,443 words] [Science Fiction]
The House In The Woods (Short Stories) How a string of simple lights lure the unsuspecting into the woods to a sinister evil. (2014 Entry for Picture Contest on Writing.com) [2,021 words] [Suspense]
The Hunting Of The Snark (Poetry) My favorite piece of poetry from Lewis Carroll... [192 words] [Humor]
The Last Starfighter 2:Rtl (Short Stories) Concept Story / Sequel to the original film, Working title, Rebuilding the Legion [9,102 words] [Fan Fiction]
The Night Before Christmas In Joisey (Poetry) A poem about santa refusing to go into NJ and has his half italian brother Vito Claus having to take over that state to deliver presents. [459 words] [Humor]
The Nightmare Within The Mirror (Short Stories) A horror story of a possessed mirror that decimates a christian family leaving one survivor. [1,376 words] [Suspense]
The Old Unga Blues (Songs) A parody of the "Old Yellowstain Blues." from the Caine Mutiny Film... (Starring Fred MacMurray, Humphary Bogart, May Wynn, Van Johnson, w/ Claude Atkins and Lee Marvin) This was written for a frien... [95 words] [Humor]
The Plainsfarmers Of Mars (Short Stories) 2100 AD and Man has stared exploring space and colonizing the planets of SOL, but not without attack by aliens in retaliation for their push into space. [3,444 words] [Science Fiction]
The Rescue Of Anne Frank (Short Stories) A team goes into the past to modify and change the timestream for a better future. Written in HS Literature Class (1991) 1st place winner: Alternative History Fiction Contest: writing.com [2,637 words] [Science Fiction]
The Return Of Johnny Sokko And His Flying Robot (Short Stories) A fan Fiction piece based on series from 67-68 that aired in Japan as a live action. [3,202 words] [Science Fiction]
The Return Of Starlight (Novels) Sequel of Healing Starlight. Help and Healing that spans across Modern and Renaissance Age. Part two of three of triad series [83,656 words] [Fantasy]
The Return To Narnia (Short Story Concept) (Short Stories) A concept story that sequeled loosely the last book of the Narnia Chronicles, by C.S. Lewis. It is unfinished, and being explored in memory of a great author. [4,714 words] [Fantasy]
The Shipwreck (Short Stories) Inspired on a picture: The Caves of Fiji, Daughter of a plantation owner in 1850 goes to Australia for her wedding only to be castaway on an island away from her love. [5,581 words] [Adventure]
The Time Portals Of Pharius Seven (Short Stories) Based on picture: 3 expeditions seeking out a new discovery of time portals have vanished and it is up to Enterprise to find them before the Romulans do. [3,756 words]
Timmy Swanson: Isis The Next Generation (Short Stories) Contest Entry, writing.com, after an assault of a Teen boy by his peers he turns into a terrorist by the help of a young muslim girl. [2,632 words] [Drama]
Tommy Tumbleweed. (Children) An unfinished work by Grandmother, annexed by permission and posted. A story that is the point of view of a tumbleweed in the desert. [804 words] [Fable]
Unga Rap (Songs) Loosely based on the "Ninja Rap" From Vanilla Ice and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Movie. These are more Lyrics for my Sys Admin Friend who thinks hes god's gift to women, but a fair hand at the... [358 words] [Fan Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 1 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part one of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [23,060 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 2 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part Two of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [24,083 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 3 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part Three of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [27,819 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 4 (Short Stories) Based on the the Series Yamato and sequel to the "Final Yamato Movie" Part Four of Seven in Mini Series format like James Clavell's Shogun [19,132 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 5 (Short Stories) Episode 5 of 7 of a mini series serial like James Clavell's "Shogun" TV Mini Series. [15,270 words]
Yamato - Episode 6 (Short Stories) Episode 6 of 7 [23,028 words] [Science Fiction]
Yamato - Episode 7 (Short Stories) Finale of Yamato Serial [68,518 words] [Science Fiction]
The Suicide Of Jake Johnson
Nathaniel A Miller
There was only one way out.
A cold heartless sight of a pistol, a .357 revolver sat on the table gleaming in the light, oiled and loaded, ready for use. A gruesome reminder of what was to come in the next few hours what he was about to do, to end it all from which there was no return from then abyss.
Jake Johnson sat at his desk, glancing at the gun as he penned a note that the people would find when he finally pulled that little trigger, ejecting the jackets of death into his body, shredding his vital organs. A note to explain his actions from which was his only answer and he could not find the words to express the reasons why he planned such an event. It was driving him crazy.
He crumpled the bit of paper, and threw it into the waste paper can in frustration.
“Fuck it! I don’t need a note or a reason.” He thought, but shook his head. He did need a reason why to explain the situation that led him to such a resolve.
Earlier in the day he sat in the waiting room of the doctor’s office, and he scanned a magazine, unaware that this would be the trip of a lifetime and what he would be told would be a game changer to his life in general.
As he skimmed a Sport’s Illustrated, hardly reading the text and just looking at the pictures he waited for his turn called by his doctor.
“Jake Johnson!” A woman’s voice called and throwing down the magazine onto the table that he rose quickly.
“Here.” He muttered, as he walked toward the doorway and a lady nurse clad in the familiar blue scrubs of the office he had visited many times before.
“So why the hell am I here?” Jake thought, as he joined the nurse who smiled at him.
“How are you Mr. Johnson?”
“Fine.” He replied, but deep down he had his regrets and wonders of why he had been called on this scheduled appointment.
“So why are you being seen today?” The nurse asked, and he paused, contemplating his answer.
“I don’t know… you guys called me.” Jake replied politely, and the nurse nodded, recording the information on her clipboard.
“Come with me.” She chirped, motioning him to follow and he did so to the vitals room where his temperature, heartbeat, oxygen level and so forth was tested and recorded. A few minutes elapsed and he was taken to a room.
The nurse, named Cathy, eyed him carefully, as she recorded the information.
“The reason we called you here is the test results from last examination.” She told him, “But that’s left up to Doctor Roberts.” She nodded twice and left the room.
Alone, Jake’s mind whirled as he sat on the table. He was suddenly afraid of what she had said, and little did he know that he would have every right to be afraid.
Jake himself is a vital active man, about in his early to mid-forties, a muscular body, with graying hair and blue eyes. He is athletic and been so all his life, and wondered why his tests would come back negative.
The door opened a moment later and in walked Doctor Steven Roberts, MD. He is an older man with white hair, a chubby physique and he wore a pair of slacks, shirt, and a white overcoat marking him as a Doctor.
“Alright Doc, you and your people called me in here,” Jake said quietly, “What’s the bad news?”
“According to your tests, there is a strong sign of cancer in your brain, in the form of a tumor.” The doctor said bluntly, “Its terminal and you have six months to live.”
Jake gasped loudly, as he sat there, in silent shock.
“Brain c-cancer?” He whispered, “Are you sure?”
“Yes, and kemo won’t help you at the stage it is at.” Doc Roberts told him, “It’s at stage two, and almost to stage three.”
“You have very little hope of recovery.” The Doctor said, “That’s the reason behind your mood and headaches.”
“Six months you say?”
“About that. If I were you, I would prepare for a very nasty outcome to this.” Roberts warned, “Violent mood swings, memory loss, headaches and other issues with the body. The cancer is in your body too, but mostly in the brain.”
“S-so what do I do now?”
“Enjoy life.” He said, “And hope it claims you quickly.”
Jake got up, and he exited in silence, getting into the car without a word to his girlfriend who had come with him and had been shopping instead of going with him to the office.
“You alright, honey?” She quipped, and he said nothing.
“I’m fine babe.” He lied, and they drove on in silence. He dropped her off at her apartment, living in the same building and he staggered toward the door of his apartment down the hall. He did not cry, whimper or think about what is about to come as he downed bottle after bottle and shot after shot of whiskey and scotch, trying to deaden the pain in his head, that throbbed starting at his temples.
He went to fetch his revolver, cleaned, oiled, and ready, and one by one he checked the rounds as he loaded it. It was the final resolution he had for this terminal condition that he now faced.
“I might as well just do it.” He said, “There is no point of living. Not like this.”
He thought of Sally, his girl, and thought of the note he should leave her. His hands shook as he peered at the blank paper, trying to hand-write a note and his writing illegible as he tried to write out the note that he would leave by his body once he did the deed. But he didn’t know what to say and it was driving him crazy.
He didn’t expect to miss, neither did he think of heaven or hell for what he was about to do.
Jake finally tossed the paper in the trash and took up the revolver, hefting it in his hand. He felt the cool metal of the grip as he held it, straight up, pointing it, leveling it at his head.
“No, this won’t work...” He thought, and he pushed the barrel up through his chin, and he shook his head. His hands shaking, he put the barrel in his mouth and his fingers sought for the trigger. Finding it gently, he reached up to cock the cold metal of the hammer of the pistol and he heard the ominous click as the first round was chambered in the magazine. Little by little he began seeking the safety, and again he heard the click noise associated with it.
A gunshot sounded, and the last thing he sensed was the pain of the bullet strike the back of his throat. He felt the hot metal of the slug as it cut away at the back of his body, piercing his flesh and cutting through into his brain. His final sight was blackness as death moved in to take him.
His body fell with a thump as there was pounding on the door moments later, in which someone had heard his final solution. A crack and the splintering of wood sounding later, as his neighbors and his girlfriend swarmed into the room. Sally screamed as the smoking pistol lay next to his body.
The note read two words, and Sally peered at it in silence as she read it in his unmistakable scrawl. Two words which she had not expected to see.
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