Island Secret

“Good Morning,” Dr. Fredrickson bowed his head as they did and returned the greeting. It wasn’t until after he said it that his groggy mind had a realization. “You speak English?” he looked at the small crowd of men and women trying to pick out the one that spoke. They all wore loose rags as…

Worldly Parents

“I can’t believe he slept through that,” Wanda whispered to her husband as they snuck out of their son’s bedroom. “Why are you whispering?” Elkson asked in his normal volume. “He just slept through a tattoo, he’s not waking up any time soon.” “Partial tattoo,” Wanda replied as she followed her husband to the kitchen….

Sharp Teambuilding

“Melody?” Ms. Sharp asked her assistant for confirmation. The short, pale, dark-haired woman scanned the living room with brilliant golden stars in her eyes. After a moment, the glow faded and she nodded. “He’s there,” she said and pointed at the old couch in the center of the room. “Of course he’s there! We wouldn’t…

Miraculous Choice

Mark slowed his pace when he spotted the homeless man again. This time he was in the middle of the street and not at his usual spot against the bricks of an abandoned warehouse. He was escorting an elderly woman to the other sidewalk. The woman grinned ear to ear while the homeless man carried…

Date with a Dragon

“Hi, I’m Flutter,” the towering woman introduced herself to Marie with a broad smile. Flutter was easily the tallest person in the room, but Marie was the shortest if she didn’t count the caterer. She looked up at the redhead that she guessed was at least three feet taller than her, and introduced herself. “Hi,…

Super Friends

“Why does he get the key to the city? We’re the ones out there saving the world every other day,” Captain Strong grumbled to no one in particular. He sat on a metal folding chair with his arms crossed and a sour look on his face. The rest of the heavy hitters from the hero…

Renewing Faith

“Uhh…,” Faith pondered the question as she sat on the barstool. The question was unexpected from the tall, gaunt bartender. Normally, she didn’t get questions about what she wanted until after she had a moment to look at the menu or ask questions. He was dressed in crisp white apron with rolled-up flannel sleeves; his…

Truth Revealed

“Well, what can I do for you, Mr. Quintero,” the pale, raven-haired woman asked. She swept her flowing black gown behind her as she sat across from him in her front room. She set up a small, round, two-person table in front of a set of immense bay windows. The curtains were open and a…

AlterNet Perspective

“I can’t wait ’til I turn 40…,” Tommy sighed. The 11-year-old boy sat on his parent’s bed watching his mother help his father get ready for his 40th birthday party. His dad, a lean, muscular man stood up straight with his arms held out at a 45-degree angle. His wife wrapped an elegant golden silk…

Shadowy Sponsor

“Before we start..,” Ace grinned at his crew. The group of eight ranged in age from 19 to 27, with Ace in the middle at 23. They all stood in the middle of what seemed to be an endless wheat field.  “I’ve got great news! This is our first sponsored episode!” “No way!” Debbie cheered…