Star Sight

“She already knows,” Donna Chang smiled. Thomas Moon handed her a messy, store-bought bouquet of roses with a small box of candy hearts taped to the green wrapping. The short, ancient woman turned her nose up slightly. She dropped the bouquet into the trashcan beside the warming lights. “Takeru will get you pretty ones.” “Those…

Dragon Scare

“I just got here. Did I do something wrong?” Morgan asked. He made himself comfortable in his favorite booth moments before a teenage waitress appeared to ask him to leave. She shifted her eyes to the kitchen then back to him. “No, Sir. I did. We’re closed but I took too long to turn off…

Zero Showmanship

[OT] Friday Free-Form: Let’s Get Down to Business! “I don’t like your show, Mr. Sero,” Dana Sharp said. She talked to the bald, suited man sitting on the other side of her desk. He smiled broadly. “Please, call me Bald Lenny. I hope you didn’t drag me across dimensions just to insult my program,” Bald…

Life After Exposition

[WP]Life is a simulation. When you die, you’re brought to “The Store” to buy new basic Earth model with various presets (nerd, athlete, humanitarian, etc.) are reset & sent back to Earth. If you’ve lived an exceptional life you are allowed to create a custom model & sent to “The Sandbox”. Alice woke up in…

Zero Consequences

“Good morning, Walter,” Erica smiled at the only person in the elevator. A well-dressed man in a black suit with a full head of neatly combed blond hair. They’d worked in the same building for years but this was the first time she’d ever acknowledged him. “M-morning, Erica,” Walter returned the greeting, then remained quiet….

Zero Humor

Lenny turned the burner off, grabbed his plate of flapjacks, then sat down at the table. After a moment, he sighed and stood up again; he forgot the syrup. Before he made it to the pantry a tall black portal opened in front of him and someone stepped out. The stranger looked like him, but…

Sharp View

“Ms. Sharp!” Howard Boseman jumped when he stepped into his office. He walked in and discovered the company’s owner sitting behind his desk. “Mr. Boseman,” the dark-haired woman raised an eyebrow. “I expect your tardiness today doesn’t hint at a habit.” The portly man vigorously shook his head. Two weeks ago he decided coming in…

Weapon Upgrade

[OT] Smash ‘Em Up Sundays “This doesn’t creep you out?” Jonah asked Alliane. The couple walked through a thick forest of towering red-leaf redwoods. The red leaves filtered the sunlight pouring in through the canopy; by the time the sunlight reached the forest floor, it was a rich, red color. “It’s beautiful!” Alliane replied with…

Zero Sharpness

“Did we know my Zero could control fire?” Dana Sharp asked her assistant, Melody, the moment the elevator doors closed. Ms. Sharp sat at her desk in the third-floor office while Melody stood close by. The woman that left in the elevator was named Jana Stevens; Ms. Sharp fired her for taking pictures of classified…

Beta Access

Pete blinked his eyes several times as he woke up to try and adjust to the bright fluorescent lights. After enough blinks, he looked around through slitted eyes. He spotted a young man in a dark suit staring at him. “Good morning. You’re safe,” the man said. Despite the reassurance, Pete could feel his hands…