Updating Personnel

Peter pushed his shopping cart through the empty aisle while humming to himself. This was his second trip into the store and this time he headed to the audio section for some high-quality headphones. He vaguely worried about what seemed to be the rest of the human and animal population missing. But, for now, an…

Sharp Illumination

“Preposterous!” Chairman Stone balked at the suggestion. His entourage of suits laughed while Howard gritted his teeth and endured. He expected the reaction from the group of old men, but the reality of it made his cheeks burn. “No women allowed,” Chairman Stone said. “I didn’t say she wanted to join. I’m only betting that…

Don’t Wake Mummy

“Rrrawaaggh!” The mummified corpse groaned as he climbed out of his stone coffin. Ruben and his crew replied with screams of their own; the three adult males shuffled into a corner of the room. The mummy’s coffin sat between them and the door. “raaaaagh,” the mummy grumbled at them. “He definitely noticed us,” Ruben whispered…

Death’s Favor

Alliane woke with a start. Her eyes flew open and stared at the darkened ceiling while she tried to listen for what was bothering her. Silence. Her husband wasn’t snoring, and the clock wasn’t ticking. She turned and glanced out the second-story window and noticed the patio light was on. She always turned it off…

Creepy Cult

A plume of white smoke filled the room, followed by a horrifying wail. Don covered his years to try and muffle the sound, and the wailing turned to heaving, familiar sobs. Don noticed two figures standing in the middle of the pentagram as the smoke started to clear. “Look at how much you’ve upset your…

Fresh Teammate

A plume of yellow, sour-smelling smoke erupted under the bridge. Allen scooted back in fear along the dirty ground until he hit the wall behind him. A short, plump, red-skinned demon in a navy blue suit walked out of the smoke. He glanced down at Allen and smiled. “Hello,” the demon said. He sounded surprisingly…

War Siren

A giant air bubble broke the surface of the clear blue lake. Somehow, it’s “bloop” was audible among the endless gunfire and explosions. The sound caught the attention of every single soldier on both sides of the narrow part of the lake. The silence happened immediately as if it was a pre-determined cease-fire. All eyes…

Deli Denseness

“Hello?” Dennis answered on the second ring. The portly, middle-aged man was dressed and waiting to go to work. “Hi Dennis, this is Gina from HR. I’m trying to track Glenn down because he hasn’t opened up the deli yet. Any idea where he might be?” “Glenn? Last time I saw him, he looked kind…

Star of Hunger

Boredom and hunger lead to strange distractions. Eating is a helpful action that solves boredom and hunger. But the fridge held no rations. Jeff opened it thrice in an hour the emptiness made him glower. Having nothing better to do he decided on a homemade tattoo. He took the sharpest of knives to his forearm…

Fauning Adoration

“Hello? Sammy?” Margaret answered her phone before the first ring finished. She sat on a park bench on a bright sunny day. She anxiously looked left and right every few seconds waiting for him to appear. “Yeah, where are you?” Sam asked, though it was difficult to hear him. Wherever he was, it was noisy….