Sharp Savior

“Congratulations!” the small crowd of construction workers cheered for Jerry. The middle-aged man in soiled denim overalls smiled at his crew. “Thanks, guys!” Jerry climbed into the bed of his truck to address them all. “As the first member of Bad Mudders going in I promise we’ll have a rockin’, uh… dope? Slammin’? Whatever the…

Healing Spider

Blake stared at the crying, blindfolded and bound young man seated in the middle of the dim room. The only light in the room was a pillar of white light that highlighted the prisoner; his hands were cuffed behind the rickety wooden chair. He was shirtless and looked like he worked out often. Blake doubted…

Sharp Unemployment

Jana stared at the magnified picture on her phone with wide eyes.  On her way out of work she accidentally knocked over a box of sinister looking files. She caught glimpses of anatomy diagrams and a few different descriptions of abilities. Though she could not waste time reading them there, she thought fast enough to…

Expository Potty-break

Billy stared at the door and sighed quietly. He chose this Earth because it was empty, but somehow that didn’t stop random Uniques from showing up on his doorstep. Another sharp knock came from the door and he decided the visitors would be on their way faster if he answered the door and asked to…

Blooming Angel

[OT] Smash ‘Em Up Sundays! “Which one d’ya think he’ll like more?” Emma asked. She held up a pair of very different piggy banks, one in each hand, for Thomas to compare. The pair stood in the back corner of a thrift shop trying to avoid being seen by the clerk. “It doesn’t matter,” Thomas…

A Bird in the Hand

Sam felt ready for anything. He sat at a small round table with Herbie next to him on one side and Lira on his other side. A tall, well-dressed gentleman sat across from them and eyed the trio. Shadows covered most of the room. The only light in the room came from a small lamp…

Sneaker Set

[OT] Friday Free-Form: They Are What They Believe They Are “I feel great!” Greg smiled at his youthful, brown-haired reflection in the mirror. An hour ago he was offered a new job in the middle of a fatal car crash. Minutes ago he was a balding, grey-haired old man. Now he stood in a new…

New Lease on Life

Greg shut his eyes when he heard the brakes screeching. He felt a light impact on the door next to him and heard the crack of shattering glass. Then nothing; the world went silent. He waited for a moment for something, anything, to happen. “Am I dead?” he asked aloud. He heard his own voice…

Crystal Castle

Grace drummed her fingers on the counter-top while she waited. The Mason’s clerk had been looking for her order for almost five minutes and she was beginning to lose patience. “Found it!” the young man called out from the forest of shelves. Grace heard hurried footsteps on the stone floor as he rushed to the…

Zero Story

“Tomorrow?” Margaret asked. She shot her husband a concerned look. “7 doesn’t even have his class picked out yet.” It was a flimsy excuse that she hoped would slow the boy’s excitement, but Frederick nodded his head. “Well that’s a good starting point, don’t you think?” He asked with a grin. “Are you done eating,…