Vanilla Snack

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” A voice filled the air moments after Albert stopped time. The mid-20s man froze time so that he wouldn’t be late to a movie. It was the first time he ever heard anyone else during his extended moments. He whirled around to find the mysterious speaker. A…

New Earth

“That’s impossible,” Quinn glared at the guard that interrupted his paperwork. The young man trembled at the door to Quinn’s office and nodded. “Yes, sir. But it happened; that’s why they need you.” The aged, greying doctor narrowed his eyes at the guard.  “If you’ve been roped into playing a trick on me…,” Quinn sighed…

Holey Soul

“Tell me what you see,” Melody said. The pale, dark-haired woman invited herself into Ned’s booth and introduced herself as Melody. Then, she pointed to the empty space above her head. “I know you see something.”  Ned had many questions, but he hoped she would give him answers in exchange for his. He never told…

Cookie Hole

“Fudge, Mint, and Golden, Birthday cake, cinnamon, mystery.” Dan pulled them out one by one. “I’m telling you! Any variety!” “Red velvet?” Gill hoped and guessed. Dan nodded and reached in Gill’s pocket. “It doesn’t even have to be my own socket.” He gave Gill the cookie as requested. “Lemon, coconut, we’ve seen them all.”…

Countdown to Love

“It’s your birthday!” Martin smiled at Carly as he poured her a glass of wine. “We’re celebrating it, even if it’s only for ten minutes.” “But, what if it is for only ten minutes?” Carly swirled the red liquid for a moment, then placed the glass down on the coffee table without a sip. The…

Hellish Wait

“Am I really in Hell?” John asked the red demon. “What’s that smell?” “It’s peppermint,” the demon replied “If you want to get home, I’ll dressed and give you a ride.” “You’re a demon, how do I trust you?” John asked the robed demon. It shrugged. “I could ask the same of you. You’re the…

Death’s Welcome

“What movie did you pick?” Anna asked Maxwell. She had changed out of her pajamas and filled a backpack with some snacks by the time they were ready to enter the portal. The pair of teens stared at the black hole floating in Anna’s bedroom. “I was thinking of a Christmas movie, not any specific…

Changing Times

“You…you…rewound time?” Anna asked. The 18-year-old sat under the covers in her bedroom while a mysterious student sat on her computer desk. Maxwell chuckled at her question. “Hah, yeah. Actually that’s exactly the way I think of it. I picture a VCR in my mind and imagine pressing the Rewind button. But,” he looked at…

Directing Death

“LAST CALL!” Anna’s mother yelled through the door and gave it three solid knocks. “Birthday or not, you’d better not miss your first day!” She pounded the door once more, then her footsteps traveled down the hall away from Anna’s door. Normally, the now 18-year-old woman would have been out of the bed by the…

Home for the Holidays

Fred yawned as he padded into the living room of his one-bedroom apartment. He admired the colorful 5-foot tree with a sad smile. “Merry Christmas, mom,” he whispered to himself. After a moment, he decided it was time to get something in his stomach. Before he turned toward the kitchen, a rustling noise broke the…