Waking up at Knight

“Perfect fit,” Archie grinned. He moved his arm up and down quickly to test the strength of the shield straps. The shield itself was useless; he dug it out of a box of scraps. The town smiths would come by in the morning to pick through the remnants of the day’s tournament. That’s why Archie…

Patient: Zero

“Wait a minute…,” Paul said to himself with a growing smile. The fact that those were his first words caused the unfamiliar family, parents and a sister, to quiet down. Paul ignored them as he stared out the hospital window at the neon skyline. “… this is a dream,” he chuckled and looked at the…

Marcie’s Armageddon

“… and on Sunday,” Marcie smiled. “I want to give crafters something to do too. Maybe a wedding, or a ball?” She offered her half-formed ideas to the pink-haired girl that was helping her set her server up. Jessie nodded. They sat in Marcie’s living room. Jessie and her friend, a shorter, green-haired girl. “You’re…

Good & Angry

“What the hell…” Edna awoke disoriented. She couldn’t remember falling asleep, but she felt like she was laying on something firm. She opened her eyes, sat up, and found herself in a space that resembled a jail cell. It was only one cell in a much larger warehouse. Just outside the cage, smiling at her,…

Wrong Lesson

She smiled and I felt flutters. Her eyes sparkled when she laughed. I glimpsed our future with each other. Happiness first. Then the shaft. I know this feeling well; the nerves. No matter how her uniform fits those curves. I keep to myself and continue my routine. Butterflies? I ignore them. I know what they…

Sharp Respite

“And.. now,” Charlotte said. Steve eagerly glanced around the hotel lobby to search for differences. The same handful of patrons and hotel staff that were in the lobby at 11:59 p.m. were still there one minute later at 6:00 a.m. At least, it was supposed to be 6:00 a.m. Steve glanced at his watch to…

Mary’s Promotion

“It’s an honor to meet you, Ms. Sharp,” Mary said. The brand new nurse felt nerves flutter in her stomach as she sat down in the chief physician’s office. The chief himself was nowhere around and Mary found it interesting that he loaned out his office for this meeting. It was just more proof that…

Sun Downer

“Wait! I love her!” Duke blurted out the only phrase that would work. Duke Fisher had the ability to see five minutes into the future. It happened constantly like watching two TVs at the same time. He’d had several years of practice with his ability, but it wasn’t always so easy to manage. What made…

Secret Soldier

“Don’t move, Gaia. I don’t know what you’re doing in my city, but you still have crimes to answer for,” Spex yelled at the dark-haired woman. Gale Stone walked across the college campus searching for her daughter. She wore blue jeans and a black blouse, not her root-woven costume; she stopped walking and wondered how…

Sharp Stock

“That’s… impossible,” one of the scientists mumbled. Half a dozen other white lab coats grumbled agreements and nodded their heads. “There’s so much space out there; even more if what you’re saying about alternate universes is true. There can’t be nothing,” he said.  The 40-plus person group of scientists was gathered in a large white…