Recess. Riot.

“You can’t be serious,” Commander Jennings said. He stared at the group of children in disbelief. It was a small class of around 15 six-year-olds; several of them had bright colored hair. In front of them stood a tall 14-year-old girl with spiky white hair and her arms crossed; bored. “Mr. Jennings, you’re hardly in…

God. Damn.

“I am,” Dillon smiled. He leaned on the counter and smiled at the young woman that asked him if he was God. She introduced herself as Penny the moment she walked in. She was there to see him specifically; she’d been chasing a rumor that God worked at the gas station. “You have proof, right?”…

Travel Advice

“Whoa,” Terri wasn’t prepared for the sudden darkness. The train had just pulled away from the station before it suddenly entered a tunnel. She didn’t see anything that looked like a tunnel as she boarded. Terri was very aware of her shortcomings; paying attention to her surroundings was not one of her strengths. She felt…

Sharp Curse

Jimmy stared out the window as the world rolled by. His head was pressed against the glass. He gazed at nothing in particular while he wrestled with the ‘realness’ of what he learned that day. “Not a bad ceremony, all things considered,” Jimmy’s dad, James, said from the driver’s seat. The car rolled to a…

Sharp Sandbag

Ned sighed as he wiped his sweaty brow and stared down at the black trap door. His crew cleared away the debris to reveal a 10′ x 15′ high metal door that was darker than any black he’d ever seen. The crew milled around the exposed door and mumbled to themselves. Even with the hot…

Short Notice

“Ready for the final touch?” Mundo asked. The surly, heavy-set woman held the tattoo machine inches off Maxwell’s forearm. His tanned skin was covered with a freshly-inked potted ivy. Long green strands crept their way down his arm; there was an empty spot on its red pot. She released the foot pedal and leaned back…

Sharp Action

Gus woke in an unfamiliar bright white room. He sat up glad to see his comforter still covering him; he was still naked under it. He felt a solid, cool, metallic surface against his bare cheeks. The walls appeared to be made of glass and glowed with the same white light that came from the…

Loneliness. Acceptance.

“50,” Henry said. A slight sigh escaped through his smile as he held up a red plastic cup in a toast to himself. He moved around a lot in the eight years after the end of the world; but, he currently made his home in the best hotel he could find. The extra rooms would…

Patchy Communication

It wasn’t easy to surprise Lynx. He was a well-traveled Estrella that had seen most of what the multiverse had to offer; including sights that most others never would. Estrellas have the ability to travel between universes at will; but, they can also see the true nature of anything. That true self is represented by…

Magic Words

“What’s your goal for the first wish?” Jeannie asked. The mid-30s wish lawyer spent most of her early life resenting her name. She grew up on an Earth where genies were common. Kids would give her non-stop ‘wishes’ on the playground. In her college years, the ‘wishes’ became more obnoxious. Until she realized the marketing…