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…

Lunar Travel

“What are you trying so hard to hide?” the lean one asked. Astrid sighed at her captors. She looked up at the chubby one with greasy brown hair; he seemed to be the more level-headed of the two. “I don’t have anything to hide, I’m just passing through.” “Don’t lie!” the skinny guard asked. Despite…

Decisive Sun

Reed stared at the bright violet sky with awe. The mid-20s man was jogging through the park that morning when a purple flash blipped in the distance. That alone wasn’t enough to attract Reed’s attention, but it was quickly followed by several more. Blip after blip shot into the bright blue sky and lingered for…

Delicious Benefits

“What’s the occasion?” Larry asked as he padded toward the kitchen. The question only came after a quick mental rundown of birthdays and anniversaries. Today was a normal Saturday as far as he knew; a bit too normal for soy-bacon. He turned into their galley kitchen and saw his wife, Sandra, frying bacon and eggs…

Wandering Star

“Oh, no. Not again,” the young woman said. She immediately whirled around to check who bumped into her. “I’m sorry!” she apologized to John. The mid-20s man looked at her, then he glanced around their island environment before settling his gaze on her again. “You did this?” he asked. “Where are we?” She nodded, then…

Peppermint’s Forest

A streak of red flashed in corner of Oscar’s eye. The wrinkled, withered man’s focus was on the TV until something caught his eye. He was so used to different shades of whites, greens, and pinks passing his doorway that the bright crimson color demanded his attention. He turned in time to see an elegant,…

Lesson in Observation

Connor fumed to himself while he rubbed his nose. The stranger’s heavy footsteps sounded further and further away with each second. “AI needs work?” he mumbled. The fury in his gut grew to a fever pitch. Connor was on his way home after a long, trying day at work. None of his plans for the…

Lunar Following

“Thank you!!” Jane shrieked with delight. She reached out and wrapped her arms around Carol for a one-armed hug; she was careful to hold the small gift-wrapped box out of the way with her other arm. The two friends met for breakfast at a cafe. Jane was the first to arrive and she chose to…

Lunar Eclipse

“I think it’s over-” the polite stranger fell mid-response. He attempted to point at some place further along the plaza before collapsing to the ground. Astrid heard the sound of dozens of bodies hitting the ground along the side-walk. The 14-year-old girl had a feeling she was close to the place she was looking for…