Bob10

“Impossible!” Bob wrote. “I won’t make it on time.” He added to the note. “I’ve spent my last dime. I planned to win this thing.” “I celebrated; maybe somewhat prematurely. I went on the town for fun and depleted all my funds.” “I paid for everything in cash and a la carte.” Bob was proud…

Fluttering Arm

“I’ve never seen her before, Master,” Gallos said. The feeble, balding man answered his ruler’s question. The pair of men sat in the town square on a bright, sunny Saturday. Hundreds of citizens congregated to honor the most powerful man in the world: Dragonetti. The town square was decorated for a festival. Balloons, streamers, food…

Minting Society

“Pardon me,” the tall stranger apologized to Clover over his shoulder without slowing. His forest-green suit stood out from the crowd of blue and grey suits waiting for the bus as he plowed through them. Clover’s gaze drifted upward. She gasped audibly when she saw a golden infinity sign floating above his head. The rest…

Red-Handed

“I won’t say nothing!” Charlie huffed with a bloody smile. The mid-20s thug was chained to a brick wall in a bathroom-sized room. Two black-masked strangers, one male one female, questioned him. “You’re gonna hafta kill me, ’cause I can take a ton of pain. More than you can dish out! Haha” he coughed and…

Red Badge of Immortality

“Your wish is granted!” the genie snapped his fingers. “Immortality like you wanted.” Max checked his hands and fingers. “I feel the same,” he said. “How do I trust you? How do I know I’m immortal?” The genie sighed. “I don’t know what to do to convince a ‘meh’ mortal.” “I try to be honest…

Hint of Evil

“This is stupid, this is stupid, this is stupid,” Adam mumbled to himself as the elevator moved up to the top floor. The mid-30s college student paced within the empty elevator while he reminded himself of his stupidity. “I’m gonna say the thing and they’re going to call security on me.” Before he could reconsider…

Justine’s Jeopardy

“Whatcha doin’, spider-freak?” Ben asked the hunched over girl. She was alone in the middle of an overgrown field when Ben and his group spotted her on their walk from school. The girl, Justine, became the talk of the town the day she turned 16. On their sixteenth birthday, all children get their familiar: a…

Party Invitation

“Yes?” Turner asked the stranger at his door. When he opened the door, his first thought wondered if it was Halloween. A tall, lean figure wearing a black cloak and hood stood on his doorstep. He spotted a pale, delicate chin under the hood before the stranger pulled it back. She was a pallid woman…

Gnomish Niche

“That’s cursed. That’s cursed. That’s broken. That’s worse. Don’t you have useful items? Magic ring? Belt of titans? Enchanted thing to help me win?” The vendor shook his head. “Cursed, broken, worse than useless. These items keep my family fed. I uncurse them, fix them, more or less make them useful again.” The bearded gnome…

Special Morning

“…world 63,239,430 we have an unscheduled early rise here.” Penny heard a rushed whisper as she padded down the blocky hallway. The unexpected voice stopped the mid-30s mother in her tracks. When she did, the hallway began to change around her. The dim, jagged walls smoothed into bright white. Two sections of the wall on…