Classified Death

Daniel started time again as he stepped out of the public restroom and back into the crowded mall. “Hey, you’re right! I did feel it!” He heard someone say.  The voice sounded so enthused that it piqued his curiosity. He searched for the voice’s owner and found a young man talking to an older woman….

Bounty of Soul

“Now, I shouldn’t be showing you this, Ms. Bowman. It’s only for our more well-to-do clients.” Gus smiled at the young immigrant woman seated on the other side of his cluttered, wooden desk. She wore her greasy, stringy brown hair in a bun. Her sharp features and lean body hinted at malnutrition. Her once navy-blue…

Lessons in Traversing

Billy stepped out of the tall black portal and looked around to get his bearings. The crowded shopping mall he left behind was a stark contrast to this new setting. He, and the white-haired stranger he followed, were now in a high-class living room like those he’d seen on TV. Giant windows gave him a…

Billy the Kid

Billy strolled through the mall wondering what he felt like doing that day. The lean high school senior should have been in school but as far as anyone was concerned he was in the restroom. Though he had no idea how to start time up again it was usually a short session and it was…

Clown Patrol

“Wait here,” Billy said. He nervously adjusted his tie. He felt somewhat out of place in a navy business suit. His partner, Red, was a burly five-foot clown with blue rubbery strands for hair. “I’ll negotiate, you’ll only be in the way.” The pair stood just inside the door of a crowded diner; both kept…

Infernal Debt

Father Ellos jumped back after sliding open the confessional partition. The priest did not expect to see a red-skinned demon with three horns growing out of his head on the other side. The demon looked through the screened partition and grinned. “Dad! I got big news!” The priest recovered his composure quickly and sighed. “It…

Sharp Expansion

“Dr. Jackson!?” Clark was astonished when the grey-haired man walked into his room. “You look just like I remember. So, what year is it? Am I cured?” The lean doctor smiled and shook his head as he approached the hospital bed. “I apologize, Mr. Hunter. There have been a couple of developments that you need…

Zero Property

“IT’S TRUE, I HAVE IT!” Danny yelled. The lanky teenager presented the two approaching suited men with the small, glassy rectangle he found the previous day. He had been walking home through the forest when an errant glint caught his eye. He found a thin rectangle of glass, about the size and shape of a…

Exposition Brigade

“Any questions before we go in?” Jessie asked. The pink-haired monk and her group, a ninja, wizard, and chef, stood near the large mouth of a cave. The cave burrowed into the side of a jagged black mountain that they could not see the top of. The deep black of the cave interior matched its…

Sharp Start

Kyle considered the small, rectangular package with his name on it. It was a white box with a red logo that resembled a pair of scissors and the name Sharp Development on the side. “Hah, oh yeah!” he recognized the logo from a Kickstarter campaign. “They actually sent something,” he chuckled to himself while he…