Good. Which?

“The only good witch is a dead witch, right dad?” Juno pressed her lipstick smudged fingertips to a worn, wrinkled picture on her way out the door. The mid-30s woman always made a habit of kissing her father goodbye each time she left for a mission. The small gesture always reminded her why she did…

Villainous Encouragement

“The difference,” he said. “Stands out like Queen Glamour. Learn the definitions instead of eyeing the grammar.” “‘Supervillain’ alone is very clear. Someone who pursues a criminal career. ‘Super villain’: two words in complement. Polite praise for a gifted villain. A compliment.”

Worldly Experience

“I wish I were the richest person in the world,” said Dunn. The genie smiled, “I understand.” His smoke glowed, then he chanted. The smokey giant clapped his hands. He looked at Dunn, “Your wish is granted.” The man whipped out his phone to check his bank account. He tapped and swiped, then groaned. “It’s…

Puzzling Pronunciation

Link to post: Story here “I think it’s with an ‘EE’,” said Keith. “Like knee, or reed.” “No, that’s not right,” Mike replied. “It’s an ‘I’. The kind you find in high, and tight. Look at the order they’re in, alright?” Blake stepped forward, “Listen, mates.” He shook his head. “You’re way off base. It’s…

Glorious Awakening

“She’s new,” Carlos narrowed his focus on the green-haired woman that wasn’t there moments ago. If he had not been scanning the crowd intently, he wouldn’t have noticed her. He counted beachgoers from his seat at a wooden picnic table. So far, he found most of the children from the restaurant matched to different parents….

Defining Perspective

The keys bounced off the spindly, horned man’s suit and fell to the floor with a hard jingle. He stared at Jerry with glowing red eyes. “Was that an assault?” he asked with sincere curiosity. “No,” Jerry chuckled. “That was me giving you my soul. It’s the green Kia out front, next to the Mercedes….

Time to Reflect

“Now, say this phrase: It is my soul’s deepest wish to know the depths of the Abyss.” Susan had seen a lot of strange things in her lifetime, so many that she hardly questioned them anymore. She took in a quick breath and repeated the line. “It is my soul’s deepest wish to know the…

Affirmation of Faith

“There’s nothing special about me,” Stuart shrugged. “Why me?” he asked the pale stranger. The lean man wore an impeccable dark suit matched with a perfect chestnut crewcut. Not a single hair on his head looked out of place; the wrinkles around his eyes tightened when he smiled at Stuart. Stuart sat in the shade…

Abysmal Signal

“It’s dark,” Kevin pulled his hand off the dial the moment he heard the familiar voice. The 36-year-old man sat alone in his basement at midnight. Dozens of radios covered the wooden table in front of him; shortwave was his hobby of choice. A week ago he stumbled across something that sounded like a radio…

Uncomfortable Lesson

Bobby casually glanced around the empty foyer then back to the black-suited man. “Hard choice, huh?” he asked with a smile. The man nodded politely. “You may have been the only candidate, but you weren’t the only choice. It wouldn’t be the first time the council declined to train a librarian. Despite…,” the gentleman gestured…