One in a Million

“What!?” MaxBlaze asked. He was surprised that anyone was still downtown, much less a junior high kid. A chorus of laughter picked up behind the kid and MaxBlaze stepped closer; he recognized the voice. Five figures, all chuckling, emerged from the rubble of a nearby coffee shop. Each of the five looked exactly alike –…

Star-hitched

“It’s Aurora, right?” Cliff’s mother asked. The birthday boy was crowded in his living room on all sides. Multicolor balloons and red ribbons decorated his cozy home. Friends and family just watched him open gifts, but now it was time for the real reveal. His mother leaned in close with a large grin; she hoped…

Moderated Discussion

“It’s not my problem,” Gavin grumbled backward over his shoulder.  The princess sat bound and unfortunately, not gagged, in the back of his wagon. Gavin was thankful to see the city growing in the distance. They would be in the capital before dusk and he would be rich enough to celebrate a wonderful evening. Gavin…

Unacceptable

“It’s worthless, useless, and kinda gross,” The stranger turned up his nose. “Don’t you have a different offer? Something that’s not such a bother?” Craig puzzled and tilted his head. “Something else? You mean instead? Just name your price to heal this ailment.” “Your offer is faulty at its core. Cash? Money? What do I…

Royal Explainer

“You want to report 30 years of people giving you things when you ask them to?” The officer behind the counter shook his head with a chuckle. “Mister, we’ve got real police work to do here,” he said. While he spoke, he reached across the counter to accept a short stack of pizza boxes from…

Cactus. Dry.

“Go ahead,” Mundo smiled at the lean, mousey man at the bar. He wore a cactus-green pin-stripe suit and seemed to have something on his mind. It took him two shots of tequila to open up. “I’m usually the one talking. As much as I like it, it’s nice to hear other voices too,” she…

Sharp Ending

“Not me,” the towering demon grumbled “Me neither,” the well-dressed man mumbled. “What?” Bob asked with wide eyes. “Then what happens? Where do I go, guys?” They both shook their heads. Satan spoke; his annoyance evident.  “You already chose your soul’s road.” Satan nodded at Bob’s clear node. “That node cost your soul,” Satan said….

Dragon’s Hospitality

The dragon opened the door and entered. The princess half-looked up; unafraid. Her attentions somewhat splintered. He looked at her, then nodded at the door. “The price has been agreed; you’re free once more.” “So soon? Please, wait. I’m not ready.” He pulled her up but she remained limp, unsteady. “I need to get you…

Play. Playing. Played.

“Are you sure that’s all you want?” The demon asked and tilted his head. Jeff nodded, then said, “That’s the talent I’d like to flaunt.” “To be the best at playing a guitar.” The demon shrugged. “Sure, sign here.” He offered a red clipboard with a white form. Jeff grabbed the pen and signed there….

Alarming Awakening

Miles hesitated at the mouth of the cave. Logically, he knew there was nothing to fear, but his brain could not seem to communicate that to his pounding heart. Miles Howard was the richest man on Earth, but no one knew it. He’d spent his life amassing a fortune and staying in the background. Stalactites…