Ancient Wisdom

“I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, Ms. Chang,” Frederico said with a sigh. “No matter how much I focus on the gang,my illegitimate funds are running dry. I keep having to pull from my business revenue.” The ancient, Asian woman smiled and nodded. “Sometimes what you plan is not what’s planned for you. Running…

Use It or Lose It

“OH COME ON!” Luna growled at the computer. It was general frustration, she knew the computer wasn’t at fault. She was in the middle of taking a personality quiz. She got as far as her name and favorite number before her ISP decided she did not need to be on the internet anymore. The 18-year…

Shooting Solution

Because you’re lazy, you made a wish that everything you need a day will be prepared in the morning in order to go to school/work on time. You got something weird today. Henry padded into the kitchen eager to see what was in store for him that day. When he made his wish two years…

Petty Death

“You gotta believe me,” Albert begged. The late-20s man kept his eyes downcast at the table. The plain white formica reflected softened fluorescent lights. He found her in the break room starting her lunch. The too-lean, waspy woman with stringy blonde hair unpacked a small bowl of fruit. Albert felt embarrassment at approaching Tessa; having…

Honey-Sucker

“Specimen 42 has escaped. Unique Guards to your stations. All other personnel return to your quarters for your own safety.” Howard jogged through the bright, narrow hallway as the message repeated. The mid-30s, pot-bellied janitor wheezed with strain as he rushed into his room. He locked the door and dragged a nightstand in front of…

Slimy Friend

Willow fluttered into the adventurer’s hall with a purpose. Her black, flowy dress hung limp and hid her feet; she hovered ghost-like straight to the quest board. A set of long, veiny, translucent insect wings kept her five-foot fairy frame aloft. The bright pink quest card was still there. It stood out from the wall…

Sharp Sentimentality

Diana set the tray down to let the cookies cool to edible temperatures. The smell of chocolate filled the kitchen. After taking off the colorful oven mitt, she climbed on one of the tall stools in front of the breakfast bar and waited. As she reached for her phone, it vibrated against the marble countertop….

Stellar Observation

“Something funny?” Sophia asked Craig. The pair sat in a red and white booth in a bright, quiet diner. They sat next to a window that looked out at the morning traffic. A thick wall of pedestrians passing the window obscured the gridlocked cars on the street. Sophia wore blue jeans and a rainbow hoodie;…

Sharp Schedule

Eugene stood from his seat as a group of men entered the room. He fidgeted with nervous energy in his best black tuxedo. It was complete with a bow tie and matching silver cumberbund stretched out around his round belly. He looked down at Wallace and slapped his shoulder to get him standing too. His…

Sharp Benefits

“But what are they for?” Marge asked. She turned over the small glass rectangle to inspect the other side; the action was an automatic curiosity. She felt dumb after she flipped it over and peered through the perfectly transparent pane. Her boss, Mr. Brewster winked and walked away. Marge was left alone within the confines…