Sharp Sentimentality

Diana set the tray down to let the cookies cool to edible temperatures. The smell of chocolate filled the kitchen. After taking off the colorful oven mitt, she climbed on one of the tall stools in front of the breakfast bar and waited. As she reached for her phone, it vibrated against the marble countertop….

Stellar Observation

“Something funny?” Sophia asked Craig. The pair sat in a red and white booth in a bright, quiet diner. They sat next to a window that looked out at the morning traffic. A thick wall of pedestrians passing the window obscured the gridlocked cars on the street. Sophia wore blue jeans and a rainbow hoodie;…

Sharp Schedule

Eugene stood from his seat as a group of men entered the room. He fidgeted with nervous energy in his best black tuxedo. It was complete with a bow tie and matching silver cumberbund stretched out around his round belly. He looked down at Wallace and slapped his shoulder to get him standing too. His…

Sharp Benefits

“But what are they for?” Marge asked. She turned over the small glass rectangle to inspect the other side; the action was an automatic curiosity. She felt dumb after she flipped it over and peered through the perfectly transparent pane. Her boss, Mr. Brewster winked and walked away. Marge was left alone within the confines…

Forest Secret

The realization struck Steven unexpectedly. The mid-20s salary man joined the checkout line of a bright, fluorescent grocery store. He stopped in to pick up a few things after work but was not the only one. The local supermarket, not a chain, only had a handful of lanes. They were all filled with patiently impatient…

Potato, Plant

Melanie smiled to herself as she ate. She sat a brightly colored picnic table at the restaurant’s outdoor patio. The kids swarming the play-park reminded the mid-40s woman of simpler times. The setting sun left the sky twilight-purple. The year’s first cold front breezed across the back of her neck and gave her a slight…

Island Tutorial

Harry opened his eyes to brilliant sunlight. He heard the relaxing sound of waves lapping on the shore and felt a cool breeze glide across his face. He was laying down and sat up on a wicker chaise. He was still wearing a bloodied shirt with a bullet hole in it and a pair of…

Regal Prospects

“509… 510..,” Lucas swiveled his head left and right as he walked down the broad, mostly empty hallway. He noticed a couple of students lingering in the fluorescent hall but the fifth floor seemed to be more offices than classrooms. He kept walking. “513… 515!” He stopped in front of a door. He looked through…

Sharp Signature

“You make it sound so easy,” the President said. The portly, bearded, bald man sat on the edge of his chair with his back straight. Two men in dark suits and sunglasses stood quietly close behind him. Across from him a pale, lithe woman with dark hair sat behind her desk. She wore a bright,…

World of Friendship

“Worst first day ever,” the thought crossed Quinn’s mind as she unlocked her bike. Around her, the world was deathly still. The green grounds of the imposing, prison-like high school were empty of students. Technically, school was over for the day but Quinn froze time as soon as the bell started to ring. She planned…