Teambuilding

“Penalty: Friendly Fire. Luchadoras, Torque,” the scoreboard announced in a deep male voice. All other skaters kept moving forward on the dirt road. Rook and Gremlin, two of the magi-knights, skated around Jenny as she stood up and dusted herself off. “You okay, Jen?”  Dread asked over voice chat, but Dirge interrupted before Jenny could…

Loyalty Rewards

“Alright, I’ll get that in for you,” the waitress smiled at the three men, and walked to the back. The idled in silence for a minute before Jack sighed. “Well?” He gestured at Ronald. “You’re the one that called us here. Why?” The redheaded clown shrugged and blew the wrapper off his straw at the…

Las Luchadoras 5: Luchadoras vs. Magi-Knights

“This spectacle is for you,” Dana Sharp smiled at the array of cameras pointed at her. 16 in total, but 15 of them protruded from small black holes in the air. The black-haired woman sat in the owner’s box at the stadium in an elegant white leather high-back chair in. Her business suit matched the…

Naming Names

“Good morning, Student Alphas,” the teacher smiled at the small group of gathered children. 10 nine-year-olds sat in pod-shaped desks made of metal, with a transparent glass display in front of them. They wore standard white jumpers that identified them as Students. “Good morning, Professor History,” they replied as a chorus. Professor History touched a…

Magic Hope

Robert stepped into the Chinese restaurant and sat at his regular red and gold booth. He took a moment to admire the dragon-themed decor in the restaurant. Small dragon statues and elegant watercolor paintings dotted the empty restaurant. When he first discovered the business he wondered how it stayed afloat financially. He rarely saw any…

Next Level Negotiation

“Thanks for coming,” Mark said. He pulled a chair from a nearby table and sat next to his friend, Eddie. He invited Eddie to meet in the chain coffee shop and talk about how to increase their survivability scores. “No problem,” Eddie shrugged. “I’m still sitting even today. There’re worse places to die than coffee…

Priority Hovering

Darklight glanced at the paper long enough to register it as a  résumé, then looked up at Heli-Woman with annoyance. He gestured to the prospective henchmen & women behind her. They filed out of the ballroom he rented for auditions in a hurry once Heli-Woman showed up. “You’re scaring away my applicants!” he complained. “You…

Meeting in the Rain

Robin stared out at the city park while enjoying her morning cup of coffee. She sat on the balcony of her third-story apartment and enjoyed the morning solitude. Her whole day was open, and she sighed in contentment when she heard the first few droplets of rain start to fall. She giggled to herself as…

Fluttering Leaves

“Dread, how accurate is your roar?” Bailey, the team captain, asked. “Any leaf on a tree,” Dread smiled at Bailey and hope she would demand proof. “Show me,” she said. A green, hovering octahedron appeared behind Bailey. “Log in.” Dread held her node up and said her password. “AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!” she screamed at the flat, clear…

Driven Mad

“Here you go, Mrs. Herrera,” Luis said. He handed the elderly woman an open jar of pickles. “Ay, thank you. I didn’t want to wake mijo with such a small thing,” she smiled with sparkling eyes. “He earned his cape last week, and he’s been so busy.” “You’re welcome,” Luis faked a smile and stepped…