Bored. Date.

“How does it know what I need?” Helga asked. She stood almost seven feet tall. Tall enough that the salesman needed to look up at her even though he stood. The well-dressed vendor flashed a salesman’s grin up at her then knelt to collect one of the bags on display. He grabbed one of the…

Timeless Partnership

“HER!??” Kim growled at the name written in elegant script in gold letters. “Who is it, dear?” Layla, Kim’s mother, asked. The mid-40s woman stood at the counter kneading dough when Kim ran in the house waving around a black envelope. The 16-year-old girl tore it open, read the name, and complained. “Some loser girl…

SNN

“Remember,” the colonel said. “Off the record. There’s a formal announcement coming soon but wait until then. With what I’ve given you, you’ll be able to put out a story immediately.” The lean man with a greying buzzcut sat behind his desk in front of a 22-year-old news intern eager for a scoop. The young…

Sharp Exit

Dora woke in a war zone. She fell asleep on the couch the day before. Her TV turned itself on at full volume and the sound of machine-gun fire startled her out of her sleep. As she frantically patted around the brown leather couch searching for the remote, her phone chirped with a message. It…

Divine Entertainment

“Would I do it all again?” Pierce wondered. The translucent, holographic man sat on a holographic chair; they were the only light left. The chair floated in the center of an endless, inky abyss. He traveled the stars with the human race. Humanity explored countless new worlds and never found any trace of alien life….

Sharp Amends

“STEVEN!!” Stephen woke to the sound of someone calling his name; annoyed they were pronouncing it wrong. Then, the shaking started. He opened his eyes to find his younger sister’s blue eyes staring down at him. They sparkled with excitement that matched her broad smile, but she didn’t stop shaking him. “WAKE UP! DANA SHARP…

John D’oh

John woke feeling empty.The room was bright, his mind fuzzy.He heard a noise and turnedHe wasn’t alone; he learned.“Where am I?” John asked. “AAAAAH!” the man gasped.He whirled around; his eyes went wide.He shouted. “I THOUGHT YOU DIED!”“Me too,” John said. “I guess I’m back.”“Impossible! You’re dead!”“I pulled out your organs!” John looked down at…

Hellish Staff

“I’ve had better ideas,” Robert thought to himself. The 29-year-old English teacher started to worry a bit too late. The situation started to sink in as he looked around the office waiting for Satan. ‘Office’ was a loose term; it looked like the interior of a black cave. The impossibly dark floors made him feel…

Zero Surprise

“Another me?” Leah stared down at the unconscious woman on her bedroom floor. Equal parts surprise, confusion, and annoyance coursed through her. Her other self was sprawled on the grey carpet with a visible bump on her head. Leah glanced around the room but didn’t see anything she could have knocked herself out with. “At…

AlterNet Entertainment

“You know, it’s funny…,” Jack smiled weakly at the camera. He sat on the balcony of his favorite hotel suite in Las Vegas. The sun was setting behind him making the scene perfect. “It only took everyone disappearing from Earth to make me a YouTube star,” he grinned. “I couldn’t ask for a more loyal…