#BookbedFictory 007: ‘Makita Kang Muli’

by Christine May Romias Prompt: Panaginip lang pala ang lahat. Kasabay nang malakas na pagkulog at pagkidlat ay ang katotohanang malapit na akong mamaalam sa mundo. Takot na takot ako habang nakakuyom ang aking kamay sa aking dibdib, nagtatago sa ilalim ng lamesa. Kumakalabog ang aking puso sa sobrang tensyon sa paligid. Paano ako aalis sa isang lugar na ngayon ko lang nasilayan? Paano ko ililigtas ang sarili ko sa gulong kinasadlakan ko ngunit hindi ko alam kung paano nagsimula? Narinig ko pa ang pagsigaw ng isang lalaking may malaking boses. “Hanapin ninyo ang babae. Huwag niyong hahayaang makatakas.” Mga…

#BookbedFictory 006: ‘Eat Now or Never’

by Irish Fleur Prompt: Your family’s carinderia has had no competitors since the beginning until one day, a new one pops up right across your place. I looked at the canteen entrance and glanced at my watch. My friend and workmate Pamela had been chatting with me for the past thirty minutes but I wasn’t paying attention. Is he absent today? I shook my head and continued eating but stopped as soon as I saw him walking towards the ordering station. “Oh my! There he is!” I said as I wiped my lips. A Greek god just entered the canteen….

#BookbedFictory 005: ‘Speak, Ma’

by Karl Mabutas Prompt: You suddenly wake up one day with the ability to hear everyone’s thoughts. “The rise of a seemingly mystifying epidemic is causing a great uproar across countries alike. This new disease, as described from multiple unverified sources, is currently being pointed at some new bacteria: The brain contracts an undetectable infection from an unknown source, giving people the ability to hear other people’s thoughts coming through in the form commonly spoken by mouth. An asset as it may seem, but what happens inside is that the neurological functions overclock, basically working the neurons more than 10 times…

#BookbedFictory 004: ‘Black Love’

by Mayumi Cruz Prompt: Your (significant other) is rumored to be an engkanto. The brilliant red, odd-looking shape was what my eyes caught first. With each movement, it stretched out gracefully, much like a yawning mouth. And then, just as slowly, I watched it deflate like a balloon, going back to its original form. I frowned, searching my mind for what it reminded me of. But however hard I tried, it eluded me. I shook my head. My brain was not the same as before. Fog, debilitating, had crept in. The legs came into view next. I cocked my head to…

#BookbedFictory 003: ‘Notes in the Key of Lapis Lazuli’

by Justine C. Tajonera Prompt: The stall at the end of the office CR is actually an entryway to another world. For once in her life, Anna got exactly what she wanted for her twenty-fourth birthday. Months before February 28, Anna had already been wanting to escape. She had made a game of it in her mind. She would book a one-way flight somewhere and never come back. She would disappear in the province. She would take five days off from work and just not come back. She made up scenarios in her head. How many days would it take for…

#BookbedFictory 002: ‘Di & Rency’s Makeup Emergency’

by H. Bentham Prompt: “You don’t have to do this.” “I want to.” “Then at least let me buy you a proper Sailormoon costume.” Di, call me on this number. –Rency I had an irrational fear of calling unknown numbers, but I immediately hit ‘Call’ the moment I read the message was signed “-Rency”. Lorenzo, my best friend, only used the pet name I gave him in times of crises. Three rings passed before he answered. “Diana,” he said, his voice shaky and unnatural. Just one word, just my name, and I already knew he had been crying. “Yeah, it’s me.”…

#BookbedFictory 001: ‘The Mark of the Duwende’

by Anne Plaza Prompt: Your sibling comes home with the mark of the duwende on their neck after disappearing for a day According to an old legend, a young girl of fifteen went to the market to buy fish, meat and vegetables for the family meal. But the fishermen did not have an abundant catch that day, so she was only left with meat and vegetables to buy from the stores. By the time she was done, it was almost dark. The girl took a shorter route on her way back. When she turned the corner and walked along a deserted…

Call For Submissions: Fictory: A Bookbed Fic Fest

Welcome to Fictory, Bookbed‘s first fic fest! Fictory was first born out of Bookbed‘s Storyteller in Chief’s fanfic-riddled brain and the Head Cheer Reader’s boundless enthusiasm for anything new and exciting. Eventually, Fictory was transformed into a project that encourages the members of our community to challenge themselves and write original short stories based on prompts. And to further motivate you, we will be giving out prizes to the best entries! Click here to sign up.