Damned Roommate

“Thank you,” Murphy said. “For your patience and understanding.” He smiled and nodded his head. “I know I’ve been annoying, maybe even embarrassing.” “This is too much money! Where’d you get it all?” Hank asked with worry. “Should I expect the law again like last Fall?”  Murphy shook his head. “That’s just a small dole,…

Ladies’ Lunch

“A barbecue?” Shirley asked. She glared at Damian with weary, worried eyes. “D, are you on something? You couldn’t sober up for a couple of hours to have lunch with me?” Damian shook his head and smiled. “I’m clean, Sis,” Damian was quick to protest, then gave a half shrug. “I sobered up for lunch…

Death on the Case

“You wanted to see me, Chief?” Detective Miller peeked into the Chief’s spacious office. “Yeah, yeah. Close the door and have a seat, Larry.” The balding, wrinkled chief of police nodded at the pair of office chairs in front of his desk. Larry Miller nodded and took a seat. “You’re a good man, Larry, and…

Spring Cleaned

“It’s winter,” Josh chuckled. “You do realize it’s supposed to snow in winter, right?” he asked Nancy. The pair did not know each other for long, but their friendship grew fast. They were in the middle of their weekly lunch date when Nancy confessed something that was bothering her. The mid-20s woman shook her head;…

Friendly Game

“This better be worth dying for,” Ash grumbled to himself. The highschool senior took tall, careful steps through the tall grass on his way to the clubhouse. He should have been at school, but his friend Chloe insisted they meet during the day. “Mom’s gonna kill me if she finds out I skipped.” “Hey, Chlo!…

Wonderous Recruit

“Now let’s see which one of you shouldn’t be here,” Ciani said. The elderly woman stared down at a dusty, well-used work table in the guild’s garage. Seven card-sized, transparent nodes rested on the table in an even-spaced row. “Hello, nodes,” she said. [Hello, Ciani] Text immediately appeared on all seven displays. Seven similar-sounding voices…

Sharp Wager

“Roller derby?” The president of the United States asked. A chorus of chuckles filled the U.N. hall. “Ms. Sharp,” the wrinkled, fair-skinned, silver-haired president continued. “With all due respect, that is not how we do things in this universe. The suggestion itself is such a foreign thought. It’s almost impossible for me and I’m sure…

Sharp Program

“Huh,” Nelson made the first sound in his lab in over an hour. He sat  in his narrow white lab studying logs on his computer screen. The late 30s researcher preferred silence over music while working. “Hey, T.A.I.?” He called. An animated mannequin appeared on his screen. “Yes, Nelson?” “What’s this invitation you sent out…

Wonder. Girl.

“Stay where I can see you!” Becky shouted at her daughter across the playground. The sunny Saturday afternoon encouraged a mother-daughter outing to the park; they weren’t the only ones. The park was crowded with barbecuing families and children running to and fro. “Okay!” Lucy replied, but her attention was already on something else. She…

Sensitive Program

“It worked!” Ted shouted at the dawn. He extended his arm forward and wiggled his fingers at the tall oak in his back yard. He felt a tingling around his hand, but nothing happened. “Come on! I feel it!” He clenched every muscle to try and force something to happen. The tingling increased, but the…