Challege: Void

The apartment door slammed open and startled Kate. She got over it quick enough to assess the situation. A man in a black suit with a black cape stumbled into her apartment and tumbled onto the floor leaking black blood. She recognized him and bolted to help him up. “Voidguy!!” she turned him over and…

Playdate Postponed

“Let me in, please,” Jared said. Vannessa had trouble hearing his voice over the pouring rain, but the gun pointed at her chest clued her in. She nodded and stepped aside while pulling her robe tighter around her. She was expecting pizza, not an intruder. Jared walked in. He entered at an angle to keep…

Minute to Minute

The buzzer echoed throughout the mall from every device. R.C. stopped walking and looked around at the sound. The middle-aged man caught sight of a young woman also searching the mall curiously. The moment they locked eyes R.C. smiled and took several quick steps in her direction. For her part, the brown-haired woman did the…

Dave gets Bummed

Stephanie froze mid step when she heard the chuckles coming from Dave’s cubicle. She closed her eyes and sighed. “God damnit,” she grumbled to herself, then changed direction. “Hey Dave, what’s funny? I wanna laugh,” Stephanie admitted. She really wished she could find humor in anything; even if it was a good thing at the…

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…