Zero Family

Wendell chuckled. Despite the nervous stranger aiming a gun at him, Wendell found the story amusing. Wendell was taking the trash out when the stranger cornered him in the alley. The gunman still seemed to have some shreds of humanity in him that kept him from pulling the trigger as long as he still held…

Delivery. Retrieval.

[Run! I’ll guide you!] the popup on the bottom right corner of Eli’s laptop said. The knock on the door startled him, and the sudden, loud popup made him jump again; he was sure he turned the sound off. Eli chuckled at himself for being so jumpy, then grabbed his cash and headed for the…

Game Registration

“I thought we were going to the blood bank?” Drake said. He and Max stood under the broad awning of a small two-story office building. The awning provided enough shade for the two vampires to pull their hoodies down as they approached the door. A neon-red sign read “Sharp Medical Services” in the window. Max…

Sharp Shrug

“Goodbye, Ms. Sharp,” Davis said. The pale woman turned her back to Davis while she walked back to her seat behind a large wooden desk. Her assistant, Melody, was nowhere to be seen; Davis acted fast. He raised the gun, said his goodbye, then gently squeezed the trigger three times in rapid succession. The bullets…

Sharp Avoidance

“Yeah yeah, whatever,” Aurelio grumbled at the alien-looking humanoids. They were tall, lean and blue-skinned; to him, they were just palette-swapped elves. “Ms. Sharp wants to keep space and alien stuff out of the AlterNet. If you keep this act up, your accounts will be suspended,” he added. He brought his slate up for added…

Shared Experience

“Amber? Is that you?”Greg asked the familiar voice.“I have so much to tell you!I want you to make a choice,I’ll be over in few. Cool?” Greg had been seeing hints,words and numbers rearranged.Helpful messages buried in print.Often enough to be strange. Amber walked into his place with her key;they’d been friends since school.“The numbers in…

Sharp Knowledge

“I’m sorry, have we met?” Commander Wilkins asked the pale woman in a white suit that approached his table. He was sure they hadn’t met, but she approached him for a reason. After the unexpected work troubles he’d had, he appreciated the distraction she offered. It helped that she was easy on the eyes. Tall…

Community Boosted

[Lawmaster Engaged] the robot said.It was armed and 10 feet at the head.Shiny chrome and golden parts.It even had a pair of mechanical hearts.“Follow me, it’s time for patrol!” [Confirmed. Beginning Patrol!]Lawmaster followed my patrolling cadencestaying close behind as I surveyed.It beeped then stopped. [Unsafe! Danger sensed!] I heard footsteps, saw someone flee.I dashed to…

Justine’s Jacket

“Damnit!” J.J. growled at the stranger next to her. He was surprised she interrupted him, and he leaned back on his barstool as she yelled at him. “I just want a drink. I’m not here for your stupid random event. Go bug another player,” she said. The stranger glanced around the bar, then leaned closer…

Handy Explanation

Morgan sat on the floor in the front room of a small house. The bay window behind her seemed more for decoration than illumination. The house itself was built from golden-tinged translucent bricks that gave the house a warm glow. Three new friends she made that morning sat around her, but she wasn’t nervous. Something…