Sol Caliber

“It’s beautiful,” Mary said. The young woman leaned over the counter and stared at the bullet before her. It was a small golden cylinder with a translucent, ruby-like tip. “How does it work?” Mary knew the answer; but, she visited ‘Sam the ‘Slinger’ hoping for a demonstration, if not more. Against the advice of her…

Sharp Mythology

“Tonight we feast!” King Midas cheered as the kitchen staff herded a small group of pigs out of his throne room. Despite his proclamation, his court showed very little enthusiasm. The few lords and ladies present cheered politely. “Again, yay…,” a well-dressed noble commented and earned giggles from those around him. King Midas did not…

Sharp Wind

“What the hell?” Griff blurted. After an exciting morning, he finally found himself with some downtime. The storm clouds were gone and the sun hung high overhead and he sat in the shade of his sail on still waters. It was too hot to get any work done and the exhausted wind wasn’t moving him…

Sharp Hunter

“You could’ve saved me a trip,” Cole said. He accepted a palm-sized red velvet coin purse in exchange for a wine bottle. Viscous red and gold liquid shimmered inside. As it splashed against the bottle the red slid down first leaving a slower trail of gold slime clinging to the glass. The elderly mage nodded…

Sharp Prevention

“Ms. Sharp!” Dr. Freya froze the moment she stepped into her office. She’d never met the woman sitting at her desk before. The crisp white suit, dark hair, and dark-suited assistant standing by the woman’s side told Dr. Freya everything she needed to know. Up until this moment, she did not even know if the…

Global Shutdown

The lunchtime murmur in Mundo’s cafe suddenly went quiet. The handful of patrons all looked up from their meals at the same time, as if they had the same thought. Albert knew he wasn’t the only one visited by the foreign thought. What he didn’t expect was a sudden fit of giggles erupting at the…

Sharp Challenge

“I never heard of it, but it’s listed,” Death nodded. Her words made Luke cheer internally. She’s going to play a game she’s never heard of? It couldn’t be going better for him. “There’s some fine print you should know about though,” Death said. Luke shook his head. “Nah, I’m a three-time Dungeon Master Champion,”…

Sharp Shapes

“There’s no doubt about it,” Murray whispered at his camera phone. “It’s a leprechaun!” the mid-40s man giggled gleefully.  He turned the phone to point the camera the other way. A small man in green was sitting on a stool next to a large black pot. The tiny man seemed to be reading a magazine…

AlterNet Opportunity

“I wish I had a fatal disease,” Fergus said with a slight pout in his voice. The 10-year-old boy arrived at Grey’s house to play with his best friend. They were in Grey’s room, though it looked like a deep, dark stone cavern when Fergus walked in. Fergus made the comment seconds after seeing Grey’s…

Family Business

“Thank you, Annika,” the 40-year-old father said. He leaned forward and wrapped his burly arms around his daughter as tears welled up in his eyes. “I’m sorry,” he added. Before Annika could ask what he was apologizing for she heard the distinct *click* of the front door bolt. Annika managed to twist her head enough…