Open House. Open Door.

Wilma stopped in the kitchen. An uneasy feeling tickled the back of her mind; but, she couldn’t identify the source. She glanced over the butcher block countertop and cabinets but nothing jumped out at her. Wilma turned to stare out the bay window by the empty breakfast nook. Nothing in the yard seemed out of…

Zero Worth

“What do you mean we have to share it?” Maya asked with a hard edge. She shifted her weight to one leg and crossed her arms. She loved the house; it was practically a mansion for the price of a single-room shack. Julio, her husband, kept telling her there had to be a reason it…

Zero Result

“That’s ridiculous,” Bea said. The mid-40s woman sat in her living room opposite two men in dark suits. She narrowed her green eyes at them. “You’re actors. This has to be someone’s prank; who is it?” “Ms. Acosta, I assure you this is not a joke,” the shorter man said. Over the years Bea learned…

Destination: Hell

“You think this is the gateway?” Carl asked. The small team of four stood in a warehouse-sized lab. It took a few hours to get the power running; when the lights came on a low, heavy hum filled the room. Then, the team noticed a black hole hovering vertically in the center. It was surrounded…

Sharp Scout

Adam froze in place as he walked into the kitchen. He was so shocked at the pink-haired woman eating at his table that he dropped his empty mug. The shattering glass drew the woman’s attention and her eyes sparkled as soon as she saw him. She was an adult version of the young girl he…

Apocalyptic Misunderstanding

“I couldn’t have known,” he said. “She seemed so nice and warm. Who could’ve guessed she’d be an apocalypse in human form?” The future stranger grumbled with a sneer. “I warned you! I left a note!” “‘DO NOT GO ON THE DATE!’ It was clear! “You say that, but you could have done better. Why…

Life of Dreams

“You look familiar…,” David’s new boss somehow read his mind. He was thinking the same thing as the portly, balding redhead shook his hand. “Have we met? Name’s Benny in case we haven’t,” he added with a smile and loosened his grip on David’s hand. “You too, but I’m afraid I can’t place it,” David…

Withdrawal? Withdraw.

At three in the morning, a loud retching sound filled the quiet, dark apartment. “Oh god, that’s disgusting!”  Max gagged again; his lean form was illuminated by the refrigerator. He turned around and spat into the sink. Something resembling red cottage cheese landed in the sink; it was full of chunky clots.  Max shuddered and…

Super Entertainment

“What do you mean, ‘I’m a bad guy now’?” Captain Strong gave Waxwork a confused grumble. They stood to one side of a narrow hallway; she pulled him aside as he headed to the league’s semi-annual party. It was his first one and he was excited to get to know some of the more attractive…

Sharp Supply

“…and this is the break room,” Ms. Hope said. The pale, frail woman gestured at the two-bedroom sized area with a large stainless steel fridge. Three smallish round tables were set up around the room with four chairs at each. She pointed to the industrial-sized refrigerator. It seemed almost out of place surrounded by chipped,…