The darker side of life in Washington, DC

DC Darkside, which went active on the World Wide Web on May 7, 1996. Darkside is an experiment with articles that were published through 2004 and went into archival...

Reunion

He couldn't help noticing how the woman at the table across the room kept looking at him. She could have been his age, but better preserved. Where age had ravaged...

Intervention

She heard the alarm go off at 6:30 a.m., signaling time to get up and go to work. Only she wasn't asleep. She was still at the computer keyboard, reading...

A life that wasn’t there

It started with a Christmas card. "Thinking of you," the card said. Talk about a voice from the past. A simple card, nearly 35 years after that day in high school...

She had to have him

She noticed him on the first day of school. The eyes caught her attention first - dark, smoldering, haunting. Dark hair, nice tight body. The more she thought about him, the...

Where the hell am I?

He woke up with his head pounding, hung over from another Friday night of heavy drinking. Not unusual. He met some buddies after work, they started with German beer, moved...

Suddenly, they were gone

He had been out of touch, away from phones and civilization, working on a job that took him deep into far away places. So he was surprised when two men...

Somebody yelled “gun” and all hell broke loose

A July Friday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol. Tourists milling about, both inside and outside the historic building. The Senate was just finishing up a rare Friday session. The House...

The sounds of thunder

He snapped awake at 0500, a full 30 minutes before the alarm was set to go off. For more than 30 years, he had been waking up at 5 a.m....

Sleeping next to a stranger

The alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and the first thing his wife noticed as that he was still in bed. He always woke up before the alarm and...