Transparent Secret

Jay drove home in silence. He normally filled his hour-long commute home with the news but his mind needed quiet today. His entire work week had been day after day of amazement and it culminated on this Friday. Jay was a government scientist and on Monday, he felt he had a solid grasp of the…

Taking a Gamble

“I just realized…,” Brooks said. He was sitting in a red and gold booth across from Margie; it was their first date and he suggested Chinese food. They made small talk until the waitress took their orders, then Brooks decided to dip into deeper conversation. “You didn’t know about other universes… so do you know…

Lucky Star

[Brooks requested the location of your universe. Accept?] Margie’s phone vibrated when the message popped up on the screen. She giggled about the app’s chosen terminology and pushed the ‘Yes’ prompt. She’d only been using the app for a couple of months but Brooks matched with her almost immediately. She filled out the usual profile…

Deerly Departed

“You don’t know?” Clark asked with wide eyes. “Who doesn’t know how and when they’re going to die?” Eila nervously looked around the restaurant to see if anyone else heard him. She wasn’t embarrassed exactly, but the 32-year-old woman was not fond of strangers asking her questions. And they always did when they discovered she…

Divine Novelty

“Miracle?” Diego asked with a beer stein at his lips. After the question, he took a large swig to consider the question. “Don’t worry ’bout it, it’s on me,” he said with a polite grin. The scraggly stranger shook his head. “No can do, Mr.” the man said. He returned Diego’s smile and showed off…

Spider-Powered

“So,” Dr. Mundo leaned forward on his chair and looked at the couple seated on his loveseat. “Tell me about your week?” He asked both of them. The wife, Esther, had been visiting him on her own time. Through those sessions, she gathered enough courage to reveal her deepest secret to her husband, Carlos. She…

Zero Hope

Finnley positioned the empty bookcase on the dolly with a heaving grunt. He did not have to clean the basement by himself; his brother-in-law offered a hand but Finnley refused. He wanted to take his time. Cleaning out the last of his wife’s belongings was his way of saying goodbye. He took a moment to…

Spider-Spouse

“Was that Esther?” Carlos asked the therapist. When Dr. Mundo opened the door a young dark-haired woman walked out and headed straight to the restroom. The doctor nodded with a smile. “Yes. She’s had a great breakthrough today. You’ll see, she just went to go freshen up a bit. Have a seat,” Dr. Mundo gestured…

Zero Wives

Maury watched Mary work. He did not make the connection immediately but he felt compelled to keep watching her roll the dough. She smiled and winked at him while she worked. Then he realized he could see her face. Her work station consisted of a stainless steel table set in the middle of the kitchen…

Romantic Paradise

“You’ve been to the AlterNet, right?” Carly asked as casually as she could. The question itself was awkward. Nicole, Carly’s best friend, took every opportunity to talk up the VR network to her. “What’s your take?” Carly knew Nicole’s opinion of the game; her friend never shut up about it. The two women were sitting…