Regal Conquerors

“The devil?” Dutchess asked. She smiled with the same light condescension that one might have with a child complaining about monsters under the bed. The pale young woman shook her head; the tight red bun atop her head did not so much as wobble. She sat in a Chinese restaurant across from Lucas. He shook…

Old Friends

“I’ll eat its heart,” Bertram grumbled with spite as he trekked up the mountain pass. Day broke. The sun began its ascent on the other side of the mountain. A gentle chill breezed out of the growing light of the orange and purple sky to tickle him. “I’ll use that white mane to wipe my…

Seeing the World

“We’ll be in the next room, okay?” Orion’s mother reassured him one last time before he heard the door close. He heard light footsteps on the stone floor walking in his direction. A rustling of fabric settled in front of him, and he heard an old man’s tired lungs wheeze lightly. Not out of breath…

Ancient Wisdom

“I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, Ms. Chang,” Frederico said with a sigh. “No matter how much I focus on the gang,my illegitimate funds are running dry. I keep having to pull from my business revenue.” The ancient, Asian woman smiled and nodded. “Sometimes what you plan is not what’s planned for you. Running…

Use It or Lose It

“OH COME ON!” Luna growled at the computer. It was general frustration, she knew the computer wasn’t at fault. She was in the middle of taking a personality quiz. She got as far as her name and favorite number before her ISP decided she did not need to be on the internet anymore. The 18-year…

Shooting Solution

Because you’re lazy, you made a wish that everything you need a day will be prepared in the morning in order to go to school/work on time. You got something weird today. Henry padded into the kitchen eager to see what was in store for him that day. When he made his wish two years…

Petty Death

“You gotta believe me,” Albert begged. The late-20s man kept his eyes downcast at the table. The plain white formica reflected softened fluorescent lights. He found her in the break room starting her lunch. The too-lean, waspy woman with stringy blonde hair unpacked a small bowl of fruit. Albert felt embarrassment at approaching Tessa; having…

Honey-Sucker

“Specimen 42 has escaped. Unique Guards to your stations. All other personnel return to your quarters for your own safety.” Howard jogged through the bright, narrow hallway as the message repeated. The mid-30s, pot-bellied janitor wheezed with strain as he rushed into his room. He locked the door and dragged a nightstand in front of…

Slimy Friend

Willow fluttered into the adventurer’s hall with a purpose. Her black, flowy dress hung limp and hid her feet; she hovered ghost-like straight to the quest board. A set of long, veiny, translucent insect wings kept her five-foot fairy frame aloft. The bright pink quest card was still there. It stood out from the wall…

Stellar Observation

“Something funny?” Sophia asked Craig. The pair sat in a red and white booth in a bright, quiet diner. They sat next to a window that looked out at the morning traffic. A thick wall of pedestrians passing the window obscured the gridlocked cars on the street. Sophia wore blue jeans and a rainbow hoodie;…