Sun & Sand

“I don’t hate you,” a woman said behind Aaron. The sudden voice startled the mid-30s businessman; he thought he was alone on the bridge. It was 3 a.m. and the streets were dark and deserted. Aaron turned to find a tall, pale woman walk into the pyramid of light cast by the lamppost. A pair…

Taking Turns

“…AND I’M TIRED OF TIRED OF THIS DAMN JINGLE TOO!” The small golden music box shattered against the floor between the two men. Its lid popped off and small golden gears spilled out onto the floor. “God that felt good,” Craig chuckled to himself. “Duuuuuuuude,” Drew mumbled. “Frank’s gonna lose it! You know how attached…

Voluntold

“Good, there’s still time.” The frantic woman stumbled toward the library entrance. The imposing stone building looked older than time to Bobby. In the corner of his eye, he noticed the woman dropped something. He looked down and found a sheet of parchment with glowing letters on the floor. He reached for it, but his…

Sharp Promise

“Sir?” Valerie forced as much politeness into her voice as she could. “If there’s nothing else, may I help the next customer?” She gestured at the growing line behind the portly man. His confusion shifted to anger; his eyebrows angled and his eyes hardened. “Excuse me?” he asked. “This is my game, and I’ll move…

Good. Which?

“The only good witch is a dead witch, right dad?” Juno pressed her lipstick smudged fingertips to a worn, wrinkled picture on her way out the door. The mid-30s woman always made a habit of kissing her father goodbye each time she left for a mission. The small gesture always reminded her why she did…

Villainous Encouragement

“The difference,” he said. “Stands out like Queen Glamour. Learn the definitions instead of eyeing the grammar.” “‘Supervillain’ alone is very clear. Someone who pursues a criminal career. ‘Super villain’: two words in complement. Polite praise for a gifted villain. A compliment.”

Worldly Experience

“I wish I were the richest person in the world,” said Dunn. The genie smiled, “I understand.” His smoke glowed, then he chanted. The smokey giant clapped his hands. He looked at Dunn, “Your wish is granted.” The man whipped out his phone to check his bank account. He tapped and swiped, then groaned. “It’s…

Puzzling Pronunciation

Link to post: Story here “I think it’s with an ‘EE’,” said Keith. “Like knee, or reed.” “No, that’s not right,” Mike replied. “It’s an ‘I’. The kind you find in high, and tight. Look at the order they’re in, alright?” Blake stepped forward, “Listen, mates.” He shook his head. “You’re way off base. It’s…

Glorious Awakening

“She’s new,” Carlos narrowed his focus on the green-haired woman that wasn’t there moments ago. If he had not been scanning the crowd intently, he wouldn’t have noticed her. He counted beachgoers from his seat at a wooden picnic table. So far, he found most of the children from the restaurant matched to different parents….

Time to Reflect

“Now, say this phrase: It is my soul’s deepest wish to know the depths of the Abyss.” Susan had seen a lot of strange things in her lifetime, so many that she hardly questioned them anymore. She took in a quick breath and repeated the line. “It is my soul’s deepest wish to know the…