Sharp Price

“Decided yet?” Hannah asked. She looked over Mick’s shoulders at the pamphlet he was reading: An AlterNet Existence. Both of them sat on their towels in the shade of a giant plaid umbrella. Despite the brilliant, sunny day, the beach was mostly empty. Six days ago strange messages appeared on every screen and device. “It’s…

Three Star Service

“Thanks, Cassie,” Torque said. “My hands feel a ton better already. What’s in it?” She leaned against the rough, dark brown trunk of a towering pine tree. She was massaging a slick golden liquid between her wounded hands. The red-black burns scarring her palms crumbled off like the silver flakes of a scratch-off ticket. The…

Sunny Recruit

Kyle sat alone at a small table in a barren coffee shop. Golden sunlight dragged long shadows across the empty tables and chairs. Dozens of pedestrians wandered by, their shadows sliding over the lone, bookish man. He wore a well-fitting burgundy tweed suit with a bright violet bow-tie and he nervously fidgeted with a small…

Sharp Assistance

“This message is being broadcast on every possible frequency and device in every language. Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic,” the short, stocky woman said into the microphone. Several of the soldiers around her needed to look twice; they were surprised by the sweet, soft voice that came out of her mouth. It did…

Flaming Crown

“I promise I’ll be careful,” Marcus looked up at his mother with pleading eyes as he asked for permission. She looked down at him with tired eyes and gave him a soft, sad smile. “Anyone want to take Marcus to see the Universal Flame?” She asked the group of siblings gathered around the picnic table….

Star Confession

“Okay, close your eyes,” Duke said. He stood in front of his girlfriend, Lena, in his bedroom. The decor was sparse, almost spartan. A queen-sized bed with simple white linens matched the white walls. A cherry-wood nightstand and a small reading lamp were the only creature comforts. It was their one-year-anniversary and he promised her…

Sticky Situation

“Well…,” Jenkins stared at the young, tanned, dirty-blonde girl while she doodled. “…shit.”  He sat in the mostly empty library and watched her from the table next to her. She and he were the only two at the cluster of tables. The blonde girl wore a light green t-shirt and sat at the table alone….

Star Bring Aid

“Are those…,” Cherry pointed to the sun-drenched glade surrounded by tall, narrow conifers. “…or are they not unicorns?” she asked Cassie. The scrawny girl with a green backpack did not reply; she was too entranced by the small herd of unicorns. Five white unicorns grazed in the sunlight; sparkles floated around them. It looked like…

Cherry Makes Friends

Violet leaned against her closed door and gave a small sigh of relief the moment she entered her apartment. She got home as quickly, and indirectly as she could; but, she knew it was only a matter of time before her captors found her again. “Okay, time to move again!” she smiled to herself. This…

Snake Rattled

“…and the whiskey is in case the snake bites you,”  Tom heard someone’s voice to his left before he opened his eyes. When he did, he found himself in the driver’s seat. He was holding a bottle of whiskey in his right hand, his left hand held a small metal thermos-like container. He turned toward…