Found. Lost.

“No way!” Craig gasped. “It disappeared! Vanished! The lamppost is gone!” He pressed it again to see what happened. “Wait, that’s wrong.” An object was erased; not the one he faced. “I think that’s mine,” A woman appeared next to him and stared. “You’ve crossed the line.” “You’ve learned the truth about your Earth. It’s…

Death and the New Guy

“Weird place for a door,” Andy thought. He spotted an unevenly-colored wall while organizing his grandfather’s basement. After moving several stacked boxes out of the way he found a white door. several shades brighter than the mother-of-pearl painted walls. Despite being a different shade, it blended in quite well with the wall. The only thing…

Cherry Soul

“Wait, really?” Cassie asked. The scrawny, brown-haired girl stepped in front of her friend in a blood-red hoodie, Cherry. “The Academy said it couldn’t be done.” The pair of friends walked along the beach when Cherry made her unbelievable claim. “Yeah. Not by them,” Cherry grinned. “And you can teach me how?” Cassie’s eyes went…

Island Earth

“I know you can hear me,” Wyatt sighed with frustration at the repeated, invasive thought. Weeks ago, his plane crashed in the ocean but he did not remember it. The sheer panic of everyone around him caused him to blackout. He woke up on a beach alone with his own thoughts again. It took a…

Lunar Landing

“Ow!” Astrid landed bottom-first on a concrete picnic table in the park. While pain shot up her tailbone she heard several chimes fill the air. A group of four kids sat at the table she landed on; instead of being surprised, they all checked their phones instead. “Sorry,” Astrid apologized to the group and climbed…

Fishy Substance

“Don’t fight it,” Mike repeated.”You have to let go or you’re in for a bad trip,” he said. The high-school senior sat across from his best friend, Katie, on the floor in her bedroom. She was entrenched in a black beanbag with her head resting on the bed behind her. “I’m not fighting it,” Katie…

Worldly Advice

“Young man,” the counselor said, “follow me.” Jerry followed, his mind filled with worry. Reprimand? Detention? Suspension? Which punishment awaited him? They entered a small office. The counselor closed the door, “So,” he sat behind a name plaque that said ‘Mundo’. “You’re really strong and don’t know how?” Jerry shrugged and furrowed his brow. “The…

Sharp Recruiter

“Congratulations!” the strange woman said; she shouted to cut through the murmur of confusion. When she snapped her fingers, the bus went completely dark for a moment. When light returned, they were no longer on a grid-locked city street. The towering brick buildings were replaced by distant mountains. The sidewalks were replaced by lush green…

Royal Debt

“So…,” Greg smiled at the two women in his office. “What can I do for you ladies?” he asked. The pair of women did not have an appointment, but he had none scheduled. There was not much demand for freelance accountants. He was thrilled when the two well-dressed women showed up at his door. Each…

Sharp Singularity

“Uh,…” Devon gave the ticket clerk a confused shrug. “How much is that in cash?” He dropped a dusty wad of green bills on the gleaming white counter. The wrinkled, white-haired clerk in a red blazer leaned back in her seat. She discretely angled her nose away from the money and the ragged man that…