Wish Upon a Star

Gina fell to her knees on the gravel and sobbed. The two-story red-brick building she’d heard so much about was finally in front of her.  She’d spent weeks looking for it; but, it was the kind of magical place that sometimes didn’t want to be found. She had the address and spent her days walking…

Forged Lead

“That’s what you have?” Sarge asked Bill.“‘It rhymes,’ that he ‘killed Phil?’”“With a drill,” added Bill.“And Sue was another clue.”“Sue?” asked Sarge. “A shoe!” “Sue Steel was killed by a sharp shoe heel.We’re looking for someone demented, I feel.”Bill explained his thoughts.“Someone whose brain is in knots.” “A creative nut. They pass the timeby orchestrating…

Justine’s Job

“Not that one!” J.J. stopped Maurice with a hand on his shoulder. She was rewarded with a pair of hands, from two different men, against each of her shoulders. Each of the men used their free hands to aim sidearms at her head. The tall pale man on the right had dark long hair and…

Fishy Surprise

“Hey handsome,” Madison walked into the kitchen to her husband sitting quietly at the table. “There’s something I want to talk to you about,” she said as she kissed his tan, furrowed brow. “You okay? It looks like you’ve got something on your mind too,” she sat down next to him. “Yeah, I do,” he…

Hotline. Cold Business.

Molly released a short sigh once the phone started ringing. She reached over and pressed the ‘Answer’ button on her keyboard; a profile immediately popped up on her screen. “Welcome to the Zombie Survival Hotline, How may I help you?” she asked the male caller. He hadn’t said a word yet, but the picture showed…

Permissive Parent

“I don’t know!!” Roger pleaded with the hooded figure. The middle-aged middle-manager was on his knees on the light blue office carpet with his hands clasped and tears flowing down his face. His eyes went wide when Lucia turned the corner holding her coffee cup. “I don’t know where Lucia is! She didn’t come in…

Mundo Mistakes

“Oh, it’s simple…,” Dr. Mundo chuckled to herself. “From your perspective, he has been replaced,” she gestured at Mrs. Meadows. Then, the green-haired psychiatrist turned her attention to Mr. Meadows. “And from your perspective, she’s been replaced. The jovial doctor giggled again. “If only all my cases could be this easy.” “Are you even a…

Ghost-Nan

“Boo!” is boring.Floating sheets are passe`.While the family is snoringI’ll haunt them in a new way!I’ll give helpfulness a whirl. Kimmy wants a dollyTimmy needs a friend.Dad’s not very jolly.Mom has a new friend. I’ll make the doll dance and twirl.I’ll keep the kids entertained.Maybe I can keep them out of trouble. I can give…

Sharp Planning

“…but there’s no way out!” Larry said in astonishment as he looked around the small room. It was slightly smaller than a standard 10′ x 10′ room. Solid black walls surrounded a white tile floor and vaulted ceiling; a grave-sized hole was dug on one side of room. It seemed as if the room itself…

Drunk Luck

“Stop right there, Gaia,” BlackJack said. He stood in the center of the street, both hands on his hips, while pedestrians fled the scene along both sidewalks. His black and red harlequin costume billowed in the wind; the bells on the ends of his jester hat jingled. Moments ago Gaia erupted from beneath the police…