Infernal Efficiency

“Well, how would you feel?” The demon asked. Jim shrugged. “If you knew your tormentor well, maybe someone you loved and hugged.” “You’re here to punish her, but you misunderstand the reason. It’s not because she hates you some.” “This gets both of you for the price of one. Your love was as true as…

Maddie Wonders

“What?” The question left Maddie’s mouth out of habit as she looked around the endless amber wheat field. She heard her friend say something confusing and responded the only way she could. “Alice?” Maddie asked the deep purple sky. Her question was answered with a giggle that came from behind her. Maddie spun around to…

Alice Wanders

“I just want to say for the record, I don’t think this is a good idea,” Alice said out loud. She was the only person in the corner of the park that morning. It was an early Thursday morning. After a few years of chasing leads, she finally found what everyone called the Rabbit Hole….

Bored. Which?

At 3:51 A.M. Thomas’s mood crystallized into one clear, succinct thought. “This isn’t worth it,” he realized. Mary, his wife of three years, sat bawling to herself on one end of the couch while he sat quietly fuming on the other. He pretended to care about her for three years, and it was getting harder….

Jail. Ruined.

“First or last?” The overweight guard smirked at Ruin through the bars. He was starting to be hopeful that this stranger would cause some trouble; he definitely seemed to be a smartass. “That’s it. My name is, ‘Ruin’.” he replied with his own smirk. Unlike the over-eager guard, Ruin knew he could walk out of…

Stellar Dis-curse

“Oooooh,” Victoria nodded in understanding. “Do you think something in the water changed you, or have you always been this selfish?” she asked with a slight smirk. “WHAT!?” The old man bellowed the question in surprise. He sat on the ornate marble edge of the fountain to tell his tale; but, jumped to his feet…

Zero Tenacity

“Thanks again for the flowers, Mick. I’ll see you Tuesday,” The warden replied with a smile. The diamondback naga escorted his close friend to the employee gate to let him out. Before the fairy could properly say his goodbye, a blaring alarm interrupted their conversation. The warden stiffened and lifted himself slightly using his bottom…

Hand-mouth Coordination

“…he feinted!” Emily burst into giggles at her own punchline. Kirk narrowed his eyes and tilted his head slightly. “I don’t get it,” he said. “That can happen if you’re light-headed.” Emily rolled her eyes and shook her head; her long silver hair shimmered like a curtain with the motion. “Light-headed monk?” she asked. “Monks…

No more Carnivores

Sean grumbled thoughtfully. He let Susan’s words marinate. “I had no idea.” He said. “Now it’s straight.” “Cannibals don’t eat so healthy.” Susan nodded with a smile. It wasn’t the takeaway she hoped for; but, it was still worthwhile. He held her hand, “So you’re not a carnivore? Cannibals are tough and hard to meet.”…

Sharp Control

“YOU DID WHAT!??” Kate bellowed at Daniel. The lead scientist stood tall and accepted responsibility for his actions; a faint hint of pride glowed in the back of his mind. “The public deserves to know,” he replied with a calm voice. Kate gave a borderline maniacal giggle and shook her head; she was having difficulty…