Honey Pie

“I remember my first time,” Darcie said. She slid her black canvas backpack on and gave Linus a sly grin. Once the bag was secured on her shoulders she pulled her green apron off and handed it to Linus. “I didn’t get the same training you did. They just plopped me right on the A….

Warning Siren

You’re not supposed to date Humans. They’re prey, pets at best. They’re food, not romantic interests. Would you bring a plate of steamed hams home to meet your parents? And think of the children! Nine months of prep time is far too much to spend on an appetizer or light lunch. And what if it’s…

Sun’s Warmth

Astrid tried to ignore her pounding head as she looked around the large warehouse. It did not take very long, she could not move her head. Beyond the handful of soldiers, she spotted a dozen workers in lab coats. They ran this way and that shouting numbers and orders at each other. She stood strapped…

Area of Employment

Greg tried to keep track of the maze of halls as a guard led him to the supervisor’s office. He searched the endless off-white walls for any tell-tale imperfection each time his escort made a turn. The hallway was almost as narrow as his guard was broad. The short burly man needed to turn his…

Flocked Together

“Good luck, little guy,” Jeremy waved at the colorful bird he set free. It surprised him to see several flocks take to the air from the nearby trees to join the one he cared for. Each group was a different color and species. He recognized red robins, violet sunbirds, and every color in between. Their…

Royal Request

Paz lurched awake and ready to fight. The last thing she remembered was being kidnapped by a giant spider. The 14-year-old girl sat up in a comfortable bed in a dim room that she did not recognize; and, she was not alone. The loft-like room almost seemed to be as large as Paz’s house. She…

Top Prize

“YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!” Wilbur cheered to himself. The teenager dashed out of his house as soon as he saw the mail truck make its deposit. He cheered as soon as he saw the white box. He grabbed ignored the other mail to grab the package, then ran back inside. Wilbur waited for his prize for weeks and…

Hellish Stroll

“I’m only waiting ten minutes,” Carol said as she pulled off the dirt road. After a wide turn, she parked in the brush facing the road. Her raised 4×4 had no problems crushing the weeds. “It’s my only night off with Mike,” she shut the truck and its lights off then faced Tommy in the…

Stellar Placebo

“This is a new one,” Lloyd said. He was used to showing up in dim alleys near a crowded street. Sometimes it was day, sometimes it was night. He saw bits of each Earth when he stepped out to ask, but he had never landed inside somewhere. Much less somewhere clean and empty. A gleaming…

Royal Credit

“This is… amazing!” Don smiled to himself. The balding man stared down at his aged, wrinkled hand and flexed his fingers. Not only was the stiffness of the last couple of years gone, he felt no pain. It was impossible to tell that he punched a tree down with his bare hand; there was not…