New Earth

“Is that him?” Iris asked. She looked out over the top of her cubicle at the young, smiling man in a navy blue suit. He was having an animated conversation with several coworkers surrounding him. “Uhuh. I got to meet him this morning when he came in; he’s super nice,” Alice said. The older woman…

Alternately-Sourced

Tricia fell to the couch exhausted. Most of the day passed in a blur of phone calls and condolences for her. The 22-year-old woman did not get any time to mourn since that morning when she found her father’s body in bed. He looked worn out and haggard while still dressed in the last clothes…

Waxing Anger

“Not without a parent,” the woman behind the counter shook her head. She wore a forest-green tanktop. Her arms and chest were covered in colorful tattoos. “Sorry.” Luna sighed. The pink-haired teenager expected as much; she did not know what drove her to enter the tattoo shop, to begin with. Something about the name, ‘Mundo’s…

Morning Reminder

Frank woke up. He opened his eyes to a sun-drenched room decorated tastefully. Family pictures decorated the light blue walls. They showed a beautiful, red-haired woman with a pair of red-headed kids, a boy, and a girl, at different stages in their life. Frank was laying in the middle of a king-size bed; he enjoyed…

Zero Sensitivity

The knight relaxed and lowered his sword. His black chain armor jangled as his posture slouched. The white-robed healer and green-leather-clad ranger let themselves fall to the floor. The two women sat facing each other and launched into gossip about their guild as if they were sitting in a staff break room.  “You too, Aaron,”…

Majestic Smackdown

A blue bolt of lightning came out of the twilight sky and struck the sidewalk in front of Majesty’s table. The diners screamed and scattered from their tables; some ran back inside the coffee shop. Some hopped the small fence and fled. All traffic in the area stopped, people abandoned their cars. Everyone recognized LightningStrike’s…

Level Head

Kurt stared intently at his watch. He sat in his parent’s kitchen on a Monday afternoon facing the door. Bright sunlight poured in through the bay window in front of the sink to his left. He leaned his elbow against the granite island in the center and counted. “3… 2… 1,” 3:14 p.m. became 3:15…

Sharp Future

“He always has the right number of graves at the end of the day,” Tara said. The teenage girl led two women in suits, one white and one black, along the path to the grave keeper’s shack. A rotted-wood cabin as big as two out-houses side by side sat at the top of a grassy…

Bald Lie

“Please wait with the others,” the civilian aide said. She ushered Claude into a small, darkened room. The far wall in the room was a clear glass pane that Claude imagined is where the line-ups took place. In the room were nine other versions of him. His gathered doppelgangers were all varying ages; it made…

Infernal Hours

Lucas blinked several times as his mind shook off the nap. The train was much more crowded than it was when he drifted off to sleep. A crowd of passengers stood in front of him waiting patiently to leave the train. “Did she say Hell?” Lucas mumbled to himself. He looked up and noticed a…