AlterNet Son

“Fine,” Nathan sighed with exasperation. This was not how his birthday was supposed to be celebrated. He sat in a cramped booth at a slightly-better-than fast food Italian restaurant. “I believe you now; everyone can read everyone else’s mind…. except me.” His parents spent the last 20 minutes doing parlor tricks with other guests in…

Frosty Reception

“So what can I do with the Circus?” Emily asked. The silver-haired teenage girl twirled a playing card between her fingers as she talked to Mundo. The two girls stood in a school gym next to a giant floating black sphere; the dark ball was bigger than either of the two girls. Moments ago the…

Little Monster

“Under the bed?” Mason repeated what his daughter said. The eight-year-old girl looked embarrassed but nodded. “Aren’t you getting a bit too old for this?” he asked her. “Yes, daddy,” she whispered quietly. Her soft voice was filled with shame. “This is the last time I’ll help. You’re a big girl now and next time…

Hand Picked

“YAAY!” Emily clapped her hands and hopped in place with glee. “This is awesome!” she said and grinned at her two friends, Mundo and Kirk. The three of them stood in the school gym. The violet-haired girl, Mundo, was helping them through the tutorial. “Did you choose a class yet?” she asked Kirk, a brown-haired…

Death’s Mystery

Alliane narrowed her eyes at the bright red numbers on the clock; she urged them to change. After several seconds she realized the colon was missing; and, it did not seem to be coming back. She rolled over in the bed and pushed at her sleeping boyfriend, Jonah. He slept on his back and was…

Passing Star

“P.. aahhh… PINe-aahHHh…,” Benjamin tried to contain his sneeze using a trick he learned recently. He heard saying ‘pineapple’ would interrupt the sneeze. He tried to rush the word out. “PINEAPP-ACHOOO!” Benjamin sighed, but kept his eyes closed after the sneeze. He felt his feet ankle deep in a pool of liquid; he hoped it…

Vanilla Suggestion

“By the way,” Vanilla pointed at the time-stopped skeleton several feet away. “When you are powerful enough to stop one of Ballisea’ s skeletons…,” A tall black portal open next to the skeleton. “…she’ll notice.” Billy watched a single leg step out of the darkness. He moved to step back, but he blinked. “C’mon, sleepy,”…

Mundo Memories

Forrest woke in a bright fluorescent hospital room. He blinked his eyes several times and examined his hands. He wiggled his fingers; he chuckled and grinned at the sensation of his joints. The door opened and admitted a matronly nurse with long silver hair. She smiled and her eyes widened when she realized he was…

Being Neighborly

Dan climbed down into the basement carrying his toolbox and, as a last resort, a heavy black steel hatchet. He spent the week getting his new house in order and now that everything else was taken care of he wanted to solve the mystery about the strange door. He did not notice the faded, cracked…

Queen’s Court

Owen sat up in bed and looked at the bare, beige carpet in the center of his bedroom. “YEEEEEESSS!” he cheered to himself and hopped out of bed. He ran to his kitchen to find the dining room chair he chopped up the previous night. He grew suspiciously hopeful that the day was resetting. He…