Ghost in the Darkness

“A word of advice, keep the light on in the attic,” The old woman said. She paused on her way out the door to give the reminder. “The house is haunted, but the light helps…” “We will,” Henry interrupted with a polite nod at the host while he tried to usher her out the door….

Soul-sucking Work

Jane checked the top corner of her phone while she played a game on it. 10:43 a.m. She sat at her desk in the empty reception area and argued with herself about whether to quit or not. On the one hand, getting paid to play mobile games was fun. On the other hand, the lack…

Poor Deer

Jane looked out a window on the side of the house and saw the sun shining over her neighborhood. She looked at the utility hallway in front of her door where the suited man had stopped part way to wait for her. “What’s going on?” she asked. “How’d you do this?” she gestured at the…

Sharp Employee

A bright blue, shimmering portal opened above the sand. Elias stepped out of the portal onto the beach and took in his surroundings. The wiry 20-year-old felt relieved to see the orange rising from the water to its place in the purple sky. After taking a few minutes to appreciate the rare sight he turned…

Hellish Turnover

“I wouldn’t recommend that,” the well-dressed demon said. A look of concern replaced his salesman’s smile and the red glow in his eyes dimmed. Ruben smiled at the horned man in the wine-red suit. “A HA! You said anything.” Ruben crossed his arms and indulged in a self-satisfying grin. In his mind, he saw himself…

Selling Her Sole

“What?” Donna answered the phone with a harsh whisper. She sat in a dark, bathroom-sized storage space with her back against the closed, locked door. The only light in the room came from her phone’s flashlight. When she answered the phone she illuminated the wooden wall to her right. “Hey. Are you okay?” her friend,…

Inn Trouble

“Mr. Elwood?” A soft voice asked the burly man sitting at the bar. He turned and discovered the voice came from a pale, silver-haired woman in a dark cloak. “Who’s askin’?” he replied with a gravelly voice. “Someone that wishes to discuss a business venture with you,” the woman smiled. The man’s bushy, brown eyebrows…

Running Time

“Go ahead,” Marie said. She handed a silver, remote-style, device to her best friend, Felipe. “Just press,” Marie pointed to a small green button on the top middle of the gadget. “that button.” Felipe nodded. He pointed the remote at a white wall and pushed the green button. Immediately the device began to vibrate in…

Grandma’s Boys

“Bye grandma, I love you!” 15-year-old Matthew hugged his grandmother one last time before she got in the car. “Bye dear. Thank you for coming to watch Pepper,” his grandmother said. She kissed him on the forehead and pulled away. “See you in a week.” She ducked into the car and closed the door while…

Starlit

[Theme Thursday] – Perseverance “You were the only one,” Dana Sharp whispered to her assistant, her wife. Melody lay on an examination table in one of Dana’s secret labs. Metal restraints kept her in place, though she would not try to escape. She wanted this more than anything. “Everyone else thought it was impossible.” Dana…