Heart & Sun

“God damn Corazónes,” Ballisea grumbled to herself. She glared down at the curly-haired teenage girl. “Fine,” she added. The tall, horned woman made a gesture with her hand, and the skeletons surrounding the girl sunk into black holes. The portals raining bone soldiers from the sky also closed. “Forever,” the girl reminded Ballisea about their…

Death & Experience

. “What if I say, ‘no’?” Kyle asked. Elsa shrugged under her black cloak. “You stay here until you change your mind,” Elsa replied. She gestured at the elegant bathroom around them. Kyle had a bad night. An overflowing toilet and a slippery floor guaranteed he’d never have a chance to propose to his girlfriend….

Sharp Ruby

“I promise I won’t say anything!” Ken begged. The mid-40s archeologist sat in a brilliant, solid gold office. The walls, floors, and furniture all shined and sparkled. He noted the cushion on his solid gold chair seemed to be made with golden threads when he was escorted in by armed guards. After his promise to…

Sharp Arrow

Heather sighed in relief as she stepped into the main chamber of the pyramid. The heat of the sun was replaced by a welcoming, cooler temperature indoors. Heather jokingly wondered to herself whether the pyramid had central cooling. The floors and walls of the main chamber were made of all white stone and, surprisingly, glass….

Recess. Riot.

“You can’t be serious,” Commander Jennings said. He stared at the group of children in disbelief. It was a small class of around 15 six-year-olds; several of them had bright colored hair. In front of them stood a tall 14-year-old girl with spiky white hair and her arms crossed; bored. “Mr. Jennings, you’re hardly in…

God. Damn.

“I am,” Dillon smiled. He leaned on the counter and smiled at the young woman that asked him if he was God. She introduced herself as Penny the moment she walked in. She was there to see him specifically; she’d been chasing a rumor that God worked at the gas station. “You have proof, right?”…

Travel Advice

“Whoa,” Terri wasn’t prepared for the sudden darkness. The train had just pulled away from the station before it suddenly entered a tunnel. She didn’t see anything that looked like a tunnel as she boarded. Terri was very aware of her shortcomings; paying attention to her surroundings was not one of her strengths. She felt…

Sharp Curse

Jimmy stared out the window as the world rolled by. His head was pressed against the glass. He gazed at nothing in particular while he wrestled with the ‘realness’ of what he learned that day. “Not a bad ceremony, all things considered,” Jimmy’s dad, James, said from the driver’s seat. The car rolled to a…

Sharp Sandbag

Ned sighed as he wiped his sweaty brow and stared down at the black trap door. His crew cleared away the debris to reveal a 10′ x 15′ high metal door that was darker than any black he’d ever seen. The crew milled around the exposed door and mumbled to themselves. Even with the hot…

Short Notice

“Ready for the final touch?” Mundo asked. The surly, heavy-set woman held the tattoo machine inches off Maxwell’s forearm. His tanned skin was covered with a freshly-inked potted ivy. Long green strands crept their way down his arm; there was an empty spot on its red pot. She released the foot pedal and leaned back…