Slow Day in the Afterlife

“Shouldn’t you be out reaping?” Isla asked Miller. The lean man with long stringy hair relaxed on a chaise looking out over the ocean. He was shirtless, showing off his silver scythe tattoo; it had the number 14 in red on the blade. He shrugged without looking up; his gaze was focused on his node….

Super Support

“Your father and I will be gone for a week…,” Eileen said. The 53-year-old mother encouraged her son while she finished labeling a week’s worth of pre-prepared meals. “…that means your sister will be taking care of things.” “I know, mom,” Alex grumbled. The 27-year-old leaned against the counter and stared down at the white…

Sharp Purchase

A red plume of smoke filled the summoning circle. It wasn’t the sulfury yellow Denny expected; it smelled like cinnamon instead of rotten eggs. “Did the sugar actually make a difference?” Denny wondered briefly, then he noticed a figure in the circle as the smoke cleared. A short, chubby man wearing a white suit stepped…

Sharp Opportunities

“For how long?” The woman’s question froze Jared in his tracks. He took two steps back to his spot with his pocketed jewelry before she asked. She shouldn’t have asked anything, much less remained standing in place with her eyes closed. He turned around to give her a more thorough look. She smirked slightly, eyes…

Zero Acting

“Not this time,” Taylor grumbled to herself as she climbed out of bed at six a.m. The sun wasn’t out yet. Her room was dark and best of all, quiet. For as long as she could remember in her young life, she woke up every morning at 6:15 a.m. to upbeat music that no one…

Quiet. Riot.

“Yeah,” Turbo sighed to himself. “I’m lost.” The boney teenager searched for the front office of his new school for 20 minutes. The school was as large as the only college campus he’d been on, with several satellite buildings. It took him that long to wind his way through the courtyards and crowded halls to…

Sharp Security

Thomas sat in his car sipping a warm coffee and staring at the white building. It was only three stories and not very large, but something about it seemed imposing. Large red letters along the side read “Sharp Development”. The clock on his dashboard told him it was 7:58 a.m. He was risking being late…

Sharp Expectations

“Ladies and gentlemen this is a truly historic event. This is humanity’s first manned mission through a black hole. Who knows what our brave astronauts will find on the other side? We’ll keep you updated with reports throughout the day.” The female news reporter said with a broad smile. Frankie yawned and turned off the…

Zero Escape

In the blink of an eye, Fred’s world lost all its color. The mid-30s man was headed to the parking lot. He stepped outside just in time to see all the cars shift colors to shades of grey. The steady trickle of shoppers traveling to and from the parking lot all lost their color; Fred…

Death’s Convenience

“I want you all to be on your best behavior for Megan,” Mrs. Hooper introduced the new student, a blond girl with long curls, to her biology class. It was supposed to be an uneventful Friday morning for Nick. Then Mrs. Hooper spoke the phrase Nick was dreading. “Why don’t you sit next to Nick?…