Death’s Convenience

“I want you all to be on your best behavior for Megan,” Mrs. Hooper introduced the new student, a blond girl with long curls, to her biology class. It was supposed to be an uneventful Friday morning for Nick. Then Mrs. Hooper spoke the phrase Nick was dreading. “Why don’t you sit next to Nick?…

Hellish Plan

Satan gawked at the opened photo album on his obsidian desk. He had high expectations going into the meeting; Ms. Sharp’s personal assistant had to be organized if nothing else.  But flipping through the photos shattered all his expectations. He expected to give her some notes, maybe a helpful hint here or there but she…

Blessed by Satan

“Mr. Satan, there’s an ‘Arthur’ here to see you. No appointment but he says he knows you?” Debbie’s voice came over the intercom. Satan sat alone in his cavern-like office. His obsidian desk was covered with several short piles of paper. He was in the midst of moving papers from one pile into another; he…

Star Soldier

“Um, excuse me..,” Gregory tapped the young girl on the shoulder and hoped she didn’t mind the brief contact. He didn’t even know why he felt the need to talk to a teenage girl he never met; being a 24-year-old man only made it more awkward. Gregory was shopping at the mall that afternoon when…

Deliverance. Delivery.

“I FOUND IT!!” Liam dashed into the relatively empty mess hall. His excitement dimmed considerably when he noticed the only other person in the room, the captain. Even after the food ran out, the crew still gathered in the mess hall every morning out of habit. It seemed three days was all it took to…

Sharp Wording

“Mr. Martez?” A short, pale woman in a black suit addressed the over-crowded waiting room. It was apparent they brought in extra chairs; more than a dozen folding chairs did not match the tasteful all-white decor of the office. Even with the extra chairs, several dozen strangers were forced to stand against the wall. A…

Cyber Scout

“Whoa, never seen that mod before,” Peter said. The short, athletic man sat down in front of pink-haired Lyra with a smile; his eyes glowed with a soft green color. They met at the cafe for a blind date. The golden stars in Lyra’s eyes faded leaving their natural sea-blue color. “Where’d you get those?”…

Cherry’s Skills

“CHERRY!!” Honey yelled through the crowd. It was a Saturday morning at the derby park with the golden sun hanging in the deep blue sky. A teenager in a blood-red hoodie turned around and waved at Honey as the young girl got closer. Honey noticed a girl, closer to Cherry’s age than her own, standing…

Guitar. Star.

73-year-old Boris knew how to trust his instincts. A lifetime of dealing with rockstar hopefuls helped him temper those instincts. As time passed he was able to see which of his clients succeeded and which didn’t. He narrowed down the ‘vibe’ of successful people even if he could not put it into words. He stood…

Sharp Week

“No way…,” Justin flipped all the switches on his machine to the ‘off’ position and stood from the single seat. His time machine was built from a bike frame; it had square wheels instead of round ones. He had a control panel atop the handlebars with half a dozen lights and switches. His square tires…