Permissive Parent

“I don’t know!!” Roger pleaded with the hooded figure. The middle-aged middle-manager was on his knees on the light blue office carpet with his hands clasped and tears flowing down his face. His eyes went wide when Lucia turned the corner holding her coffee cup. “I don’t know where Lucia is! She didn’t come in…

Mundo Mistakes

“Oh, it’s simple…,” Dr. Mundo chuckled to herself. “From your perspective, he has been replaced,” she gestured at Mrs. Meadows. Then, the green-haired psychiatrist turned her attention to Mr. Meadows. “And from your perspective, she’s been replaced. The jovial doctor giggled again. “If only all my cases could be this easy.” “Are you even a…

Ghost-Nan

“Boo!” is boring.Floating sheets are passe`.While the family is snoringI’ll haunt them in a new way!I’ll give helpfulness a whirl. Kimmy wants a dollyTimmy needs a friend.Dad’s not very jolly.Mom has a new friend. I’ll make the doll dance and twirl.I’ll keep the kids entertained.Maybe I can keep them out of trouble. I can give…

Drunk Luck

“Stop right there, Gaia,” BlackJack said. He stood in the center of the street, both hands on his hips, while pedestrians fled the scene along both sidewalks. His black and red harlequin costume billowed in the wind; the bells on the ends of his jester hat jingled. Moments ago Gaia erupted from beneath the police…

Stone Broken

Gale Stone enjoyed her stroll through the park. It was a cool, sunny day and most of her city was at work or school. The park was mostly empty and she was surprised to hear several voices coming from a cluster of trees. She approached silently and peeked around a thick oak. A familiar teenage…

Zero Family

Wendell chuckled. Despite the nervous stranger aiming a gun at him, Wendell found the story amusing. Wendell was taking the trash out when the stranger cornered him in the alley. The gunman still seemed to have some shreds of humanity in him that kept him from pulling the trigger as long as he still held…

Game Registration

“I thought we were going to the blood bank?” Drake said. He and Max stood under the broad awning of a small two-story office building. The awning provided enough shade for the two vampires to pull their hoodies down as they approached the door. A neon-red sign read “Sharp Medical Services” in the window. Max…

Shared Experience

“Amber? Is that you?”Greg asked the familiar voice.“I have so much to tell you!I want you to make a choice,I’ll be over in few. Cool?” Greg had been seeing hints,words and numbers rearranged.Helpful messages buried in print.Often enough to be strange. Amber walked into his place with her key;they’d been friends since school.“The numbers in…

Community Boosted

[Lawmaster Engaged] the robot said.It was armed and 10 feet at the head.Shiny chrome and golden parts.It even had a pair of mechanical hearts.“Follow me, it’s time for patrol!” [Confirmed. Beginning Patrol!]Lawmaster followed my patrolling cadencestaying close behind as I surveyed.It beeped then stopped. [Unsafe! Danger sensed!] I heard footsteps, saw someone flee.I dashed to…

Justine’s Jacket

“Damnit!” J.J. growled at the stranger next to her. He was surprised she interrupted him, and he leaned back on his barstool as she yelled at him. “I just want a drink. I’m not here for your stupid random event. Go bug another player,” she said. The stranger glanced around the bar, then leaned closer…