Devilish Informant

“It was an old story,” Alice began her tale but did not make it very far before Ms. Sharp interrupted her. “I don’t need a prologue or the wisdom of your ancestors. Just tell me what you know,” Ms. Sharp said. Alice nodded. “Her name is Ballisea. The story says she loved a Zero but…

Mystery Box

Ronald pulled the small wooden box out of the cupboard to get a better look. The box was light-colored; it seemed to be made of bamboo and its lightness added evidence of that. He guessed it to be about six inches wide and long, with maybe a three or four-inch height. A bright yellow note…

Waiting on Destiny

Hi,” Claire said. The mid-20s waitress recognized the obnoxious guest that considered her worthy of a tip but failed to leave her one. She had no choice but to serve the table; her only hope was that this time the suited man wasn’t alone. She hoped the friend would tip. Claire did not feel the…

Morale Moral

“You want a raise!? Paid vacation for days!? Take my place when the question is asked. Then you’ll be, ‘Top Employee!’ Mr. Vincent tightened his tie. He sat on a chair and slouched. He held a frightened look in his eye; no longer the office grouch. Three men of pale pigment entered. “Which one of…

Future Soldiers

“KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK!” Heavy bangs on the door. Wilbur checked the clock. Dark outside; half-past four. He moved to stand. Wilbur peeked outside. Unfamiliar armed soldiers; he was outmanned. Unknown armored trucks; danger implied. He wondered, “Are they from a future land?” He opened the front door. A soldier stood proud and svelte. “What do…

Hot Melody

Marcus Preston dashed into the office at full speed. He did not bother to try and close the door; they would break through it faster than the time he spent closing it. He rounded the desk and frantically opened the second drawer. “Come on, Mr. P! There’s nowhere to hide in there!” Fire Captain, the…

Royally Lonely

“Sounds like everyone loves this guy,” Tyler chuckled to himself scrolling the messages. “He’s back. Get ready!”, “I’ve been waiting!”, “I can’t believe it’s time!” He returned his phone to the nightstand and rolled over in bed. After a few moments, he felt pressure on his bladder. “Damnit,” he grumbled. He threw the blanket off…

Red Thread Deception

“Goodness!” The middle-aged fortune teller, Madame Poinciana, dashed to Adam’s side. She crouched slightly and offered him a ring-adorned, wrinkled hand to help him up from the dust. “I see you’ve visited the beer tent,” she said with a sly smile, then winked. “I’d recommend waiting the extra year you need to make it legal.”…

Astronomical Ignorance

“What’s that yellow one!?” The fish asked. He hopped at the sun and fell with a splash. “Where’s it from?” “That’s the sun that keeps us warm,” Posie replied; he treaded water and smiled. “It’s a star. One in space among a swarm.” “Our planet is one of many. The space between their breadth is…

Downline

“That’s all?!” Dennis grumbled. He stared at the single dollar bill but refused to take it from the demon’s hand. “My soul is worth more than a dollar!” The lean, dark-suited demon shrugged; he let the bill fall to the floor of Dennis’ run-down apartment. “Is it? Do you have any proof?” “Yeah, I got…