Permissive Parent

“I don’t know!!” Roger pleaded with the hooded figure. The middle-aged middle-manager was on his knees on the light blue office carpet with his hands clasped and tears flowing down his face. His eyes went wide when Lucia turned the corner holding her coffee cup. “I don’t know where Lucia is! She didn’t come in…

Mundo Mistakes

“Oh, it’s simple…,” Dr. Mundo chuckled to herself. “From your perspective, he has been replaced,” she gestured at Mrs. Meadows. Then, the green-haired psychiatrist turned her attention to Mr. Meadows. “And from your perspective, she’s been replaced. The jovial doctor giggled again. “If only all my cases could be this easy.” “Are you even a…

Ghost-Nan

“Boo!” is boring.Floating sheets are passe`.While the family is snoringI’ll haunt them in a new way!I’ll give helpfulness a whirl. Kimmy wants a dollyTimmy needs a friend.Dad’s not very jolly.Mom has a new friend. I’ll make the doll dance and twirl.I’ll keep the kids entertained.Maybe I can keep them out of trouble. I can give…

Sharp Planning

“…but there’s no way out!” Larry said in astonishment as he looked around the small room. It was slightly smaller than a standard 10′ x 10′ room. Solid black walls surrounded a white tile floor and vaulted ceiling; a grave-sized hole was dug on one side of room. It seemed as if the room itself…

Drunk Luck

“Stop right there, Gaia,” BlackJack said. He stood in the center of the street, both hands on his hips, while pedestrians fled the scene along both sidewalks. His black and red harlequin costume billowed in the wind; the bells on the ends of his jester hat jingled. Moments ago Gaia erupted from beneath the police…

Stone Broken

Gale Stone enjoyed her stroll through the park. It was a cool, sunny day and most of her city was at work or school. The park was mostly empty and she was surprised to hear several voices coming from a cluster of trees. She approached silently and peeked around a thick oak. A familiar teenage…

Death & Spiders

“Have a good shift!” Betty stood by the sink putting the finishing touches on two cups of hot chocolate. She waved from the kitchen as Elsa stepped out the door, black cloak and scythe in hand. “Thanks, see you in a bit,” Elsa replied and shut the door behind her. Betty blinked. Then, the apartment…

Sharp Rejection

“What do you mean we ‘broke contract’?” Roman clenched his fists to try and keep calm. The late 50s man with grey hair managed to keep his voice calm. He was raging inside but Ms. Sharp was someone he did not want to risk offending. He knew what she was capable of. “We signed the…

Deathly Expectations

“Huh,” Wilbur tilted his head at the black-robed figure. Her hood was down, exposing her lean, tan face and light brown ponytail. The obsidian scythe affixed to her back gave her the vibe of a soccer mom that hadn’t grown out of her “goth phase” yet. Wilbur had been staring at his truck that was…

Zero Family

Wendell chuckled. Despite the nervous stranger aiming a gun at him, Wendell found the story amusing. Wendell was taking the trash out when the stranger cornered him in the alley. The gunman still seemed to have some shreds of humanity in him that kept him from pulling the trigger as long as he still held…