Dawning Realization

“Leo, can we talk for a moment?” Dawn asked.  The 23-year-old brunette stopped Leo as he walked by and pulled him into her cubicle. “Yeah, what’s up, D?” Leo asked. The pot-bellied man sat on the edge of her desk to listen. Dawn glanced around, over the top of her cubicle to see if anyone…

Justine’s Jenerosity

“You could’ve asked that over text,” Kara complained in a gruff tone. The 33-year-old woman sighed at the purple-haired woman immediately after, then apologized. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I just really needed this.” The pair of women met in a quiet coffee shop after hitting it off on an app. J.J. nodded apologetically. “It’s better…

Bored. Date.

“How does it know what I need?” Helga asked. She stood almost seven feet tall. Tall enough that the salesman needed to look up at her even though he stood. The well-dressed vendor flashed a salesman’s grin up at her then knelt to collect one of the bags on display. He grabbed one of the…

Timeless Partnership

“HER!??” Kim growled at the name written in elegant script in gold letters. “Who is it, dear?” Layla, Kim’s mother, asked. The mid-40s woman stood at the counter kneading dough when Kim ran in the house waving around a black envelope. The 16-year-old girl tore it open, read the name, and complained. “Some loser girl…

Zero Surprise

“Another me?” Leah stared down at the unconscious woman on her bedroom floor. Equal parts surprise, confusion, and annoyance coursed through her. Her other self was sprawled on the grey carpet with a visible bump on her head. Leah glanced around the room but didn’t see anything she could have knocked herself out with. “At…

AlterNet Entertainment

“You know, it’s funny…,” Jack smiled weakly at the camera. He sat on the balcony of his favorite hotel suite in Las Vegas. The sun was setting behind him making the scene perfect. “It only took everyone disappearing from Earth to make me a YouTube star,” he grinned. “I couldn’t ask for a more loyal…

AlterNet Avenues

“Well…,” Julia grinned down at her 11-year-old son. She found him waiting in the kitchen as soon as she walked in the door. “…what does the birthday boy want for dinner? Are we going out or staying in?” She walked over to the table to hug her son. “Staying in!” he said. “Pizza’s already on…

Loving Program

“I’d give anything to have her here for her birthday,” the bearded king said. He sat on his throne talking to his wife while Jameson stood guard, and eavesdropped, nearby. Jameson was a new guard with ambitious aims. His diligence and friendly demeanor earned him a spot with the royal guard after only two years….

Web of Protection

“33!” a woman said. The laughter that filled the room moments before died immediately as everyone, Tim included, looked at her. The crowd of assorted security specialists, bodyguards, and known mercenaries filled their client’s opulent living room. The rich man himself was in the room, but an assistant was asking the questions. They’d reached the…

Family Dinner

“Finally, someone to eat, I’m starving,” the brunette said when she opened the door. Ted sighed but smiled at the well-worn joke. He’d never delivered to this house before but heard hundreds of variations of the comment. His friends in retail often complained about customers claiming, “It must be free!” anytime an item didn’t scan,…