Royal Explainer

“You want to report 30 years of people giving you things when you ask them to?” The officer behind the counter shook his head with a chuckle. “Mister, we’ve got real police work to do here,” he said. While he spoke, he reached across the counter to accept a short stack of pizza boxes from…

Cactus. Dry.

“Go ahead,” Mundo smiled at the lean, mousey man at the bar. He wore a cactus-green pin-stripe suit and seemed to have something on his mind. It took him two shots of tequila to open up. “I’m usually the one talking. As much as I like it, it’s nice to hear other voices too,” she…

Revived. Recruited.

“‘Le’Ben!” Milla was surprised when her zombie body tried to speak. Not just speak, she gave an answer she didn’t know she had. Edna, the stranger that brought her to the clinic seemed just as surprised as Milla; but, somehow the medic wasn’t shocked. “Zombies have a favorite number?” Edna asked the medic. She had…

Scout. Out.

“Yeah. I mean, I don’t like to brag, but I can lift a semi,” Brett said. A broad grin accompanied his confession to Victoria. “On top of the super speed and flight, that you also don’t like bragging about?” Victoria asked. They’d only sat together for about 10 minutes, long enough for the waitress to…

Sharp Ending

“Not me,” the towering demon grumbled “Me neither,” the well-dressed man mumbled. “What?” Bob asked with wide eyes. “Then what happens? Where do I go, guys?” They both shook their heads. Satan spoke; his annoyance evident.  “You already chose your soul’s road.” Satan nodded at Bob’s clear node. “That node cost your soul,” Satan said….

Dragon’s Hospitality

The dragon opened the door and entered. The princess half-looked up; unafraid. Her attentions somewhat splintered. He looked at her, then nodded at the door. “The price has been agreed; you’re free once more.” “So soon? Please, wait. I’m not ready.” He pulled her up but she remained limp, unsteady. “I need to get you…

Play. Playing. Played.

“Are you sure that’s all you want?” The demon asked and tilted his head. Jeff nodded, then said, “That’s the talent I’d like to flaunt.” “To be the best at playing a guitar.” The demon shrugged. “Sure, sign here.” He offered a red clipboard with a white form. Jeff grabbed the pen and signed there….

Alarming Awakening

Miles hesitated at the mouth of the cave. Logically, he knew there was nothing to fear, but his brain could not seem to communicate that to his pounding heart. Miles Howard was the richest man on Earth, but no one knew it. He’d spent his life amassing a fortune and staying in the background. Stalactites…

Sharp. Con-Descension.

Tristan headed for his throne room as he did every morning for the past month. He had about 15 minutes before the guards let worshippers in to see him and he liked to sit quietly with himself for a bit. Despite his fame, Tristan was aware enough to keep himself grounded. He knew if he…