Sharp Procedures

“What do you mean a week?” Mundo asked. She leaned on the bar eyeing the pair of women standing in front of her. They looked similar, with pale skin and short dark hair. The taller, leaner one wore a white suit; the shorter, chubbier one wore a black one. “Seven days, a standard week. Starting…

Sharp Transportation

“No way…,” Greg whispered to himself in awe as he stared out the window. Violet starlight twinkled behind the mint-green clouds. He turned to the person next to him; the mid-20s woman was asleep. The same as every other passenger. As he swiveled his head to scan the cabin he heard a sharp gasp behind…

Sharp Software

“Wait, what? Say that again, Link?” Dr. Stevens dropped her pen, sat up straighter and focused all her attention on the monitor. [World peace achieved. E.T.A  10-minutes.] Link replied. The doctor took a moment to sigh and roll her eyes to get her frustrations out of the way. Link’s programming was advanced enough to almost…

Exile Expectations

After walking along the snowy road for two hours, Jerry spotted houses in the distance. Not only houses, but occupied houses; streams of black smoke billowed from several of them. The excitement gave Jerry a second wind and he ran towards the cluster of houses. As he got closer, he noticed the temperature warming up…

Server Transfer

“Hello?” Ann answered the phone just to make it be quiet. Its long, loud, eerie ring echoed off the bare walls and empty kitchen. Ann had only lived in the house for a week; unpacking usually didn’t finish until week three or four. Ann lived out of the boxes until there was nothing left in…

Billions in Need

[ -7 billion] “Huh?” Murphy sat up straighter in his seat. It was the first time he’d seen negative numbers on the website. It was a lazy Monday morning that didn’t need him at work; he was awake early anyway. He found himself browsing the web and ended up at the relatively new Timeline site….

Swarm Safety

The moon is full! Open all the windows! Retreat to the school! Don’t block the windows! Avoid the Black Swarm! This P.S.A. you’ll hear the third Friday of every other month of each and every year. They appear in your room and start to swarm. They’ll eat anything; like a cloud of doom. If they…

Memory of Death

“My goodness! Let me help you up!,” Quinten said. He reached down to offer Jake a hand. Jake was in his early 20s and confused about how he got on the floor and why his shirt felt wet. He touched the moistness and looked down; his hands were coated with sticky dark red. His best…

Evacuation Drill

“Hello?” Karta answered the call. She landed on one skeleton feet first; it stopped her fall. She leaped again to crush another one. “Thank god you’re okay!” A familiar voice spoke up. “Get to the school, pick up any survivors along the way.” It shocked her. “The school you say?” “It’s not the best place…

It’s Bloody Gold

“This won’t hurt a bit,” the nurse looked through a file. “Hold still while I do it,” she added with a smile. She pricked the skin and pushed the plunger in. She pulled it out and gasped. “What are you?” she asked! Bob peeked at the vial she controlled. “Oh my god!” he said. “My…