Puzzling Pronunciation

Link to post: Story here “I think it’s with an ‘EE’,” said Keith. “Like knee, or reed.” “No, that’s not right,” Mike replied. “It’s an ‘I’. The kind you find in high, and tight. Look at the order they’re in, alright?” Blake stepped forward, “Listen, mates.” He shook his head. “You’re way off base. It’s…

Glorious Awakening

“She’s new,” Carlos narrowed his focus on the green-haired woman that wasn’t there moments ago. If he had not been scanning the crowd intently, he wouldn’t have noticed her. He counted beachgoers from his seat at a wooden picnic table. So far, he found most of the children from the restaurant matched to different parents….

Defining Perspective

The keys bounced off the spindly, horned man’s suit and fell to the floor with a hard jingle. He stared at Jerry with glowing red eyes. “Was that an assault?” he asked with sincere curiosity. “No,” Jerry chuckled. “That was me giving you my soul. It’s the green Kia out front, next to the Mercedes….

Time to Reflect

“Now, say this phrase: It is my soul’s deepest wish to know the depths of the Abyss.” Susan had seen a lot of strange things in her lifetime, so many that she hardly questioned them anymore. She took in a quick breath and repeated the line. “It is my soul’s deepest wish to know the…

Affirmation of Faith

“There’s nothing special about me,” Stuart shrugged. “Why me?” he asked the pale stranger. The lean man wore an impeccable dark suit matched with a perfect chestnut crewcut. Not a single hair on his head looked out of place; the wrinkles around his eyes tightened when he smiled at Stuart. Stuart sat in the shade…

Abysmal Signal

“It’s dark,” Kevin pulled his hand off the dial the moment he heard the familiar voice. The 36-year-old man sat alone in his basement at midnight. Dozens of radios covered the wooden table in front of him; shortwave was his hobby of choice. A week ago he stumbled across something that sounded like a radio…

Uncomfortable Lesson

Bobby casually glanced around the empty foyer then back to the black-suited man. “Hard choice, huh?” he asked with a smile. The man nodded politely. “You may have been the only candidate, but you weren’t the only choice. It wouldn’t be the first time the council declined to train a librarian. Despite…,” the gentleman gestured…

Rich Diet

“Human Steak?” Bill asked The team members gasped. All except C.E.O. Fred. He looked at Bill and nodded. “I’m listening. Go ahead.” “Enough people would be curious,” Bill stood, “I’m sure there’s a market. Our competitors, I’m sure, are curious,” Bill paced, “but we can be the first to market.” “With the right cell cultures…

Sharp Revelation

“Who’s she?” Mortimer paused at the entrance to Satan’s office. The old, silver-haired billionaire expected to have a private meeting with the devil. A stern, pale woman in a white suit sat across from a large slab of obsidian that served as a desk. She did not turn to acknowledge Mortimer or his question of…

Twin System

“You must never let him draw a triangle!” Mrs. June’s strange demand played in the back of Caroline’s head throughout the morning. The young, gaunt mother seemed worn out when she pulled Caroline aside while dropping off her son. Caroline could not help but notice Mrs. June’s haggard appearance. The dark bags under her sparkling…