Death’s Nostalgia

“Marshall…,” the aging, portly psychologist leaned forward on his chair and smiled at the 12-year-old boy. “Could you give me a few minutes alone with your mom?” “But it’s true!” Marshall blurted out, on the verge of tears. He felt lucky his mom believed him enough to make an appointment for him, but somehow it…

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…

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…

Death’s Favor

Alliane woke with a start. Her eyes flew open and stared at the darkened ceiling while she tried to listen for what was bothering her. Silence. Her husband wasn’t snoring, and the clock wasn’t ticking. She turned and glanced out the second-story window and noticed the patio light was on. She always turned it off…

Vanilla Deterrent

Arnold blinked. He squeezed his thumb on the stopwatch the moment he opened his eyes. The strange man in a white suit and orange tie sat resting on the park bench as if he’d always been there. He stared off into the sky while relaxing with both his arms on the side of the park…

Death’s Kindness

“Alright…,” Ruben said. He managed to get the words out between ragged breaths as he collapsed to his knees. Quick, repeated uses of the time travel bracelets took a heavy toll on his body trying to stay ahead of the unknown agent. No matter what period he traveled to, the bearded stranger in a navy…

Hellish Bouquet

“I’m in Hell,” Grover said when his eyes opened again. His voice was weak and frail, but that was okay; there was no one in the hospital room to hear him. Despite using his ability to respawn all his life, he hoped there would be a final rest if he died naturally. He was surprised…

A Dirge for Chocolate

“Green light!” Threnody giggled and dashed forward as soon as she heard the words. Vegas stood at the other end of the living room with a giant grin and a chocolate bar. He watched Threnody take a few steps, then stopped her the moment she came within reach. “Red light!” he said. Threnody froze mid-step….

Island of Death

“Wait, so you want me to become the next Death?” Miller asked Isla with wide eyes. The two of them sat on a sunny beach; Isla’s sea-green curls moved with the gentle breeze. “I want you to become Death for me,” Isla said. “There is no next Death. It’s a job like any other; there…

Memory of Death

“My goodness! Let me help you up!,” Quinten said. He reached down to offer Jake a hand. Jake was in his early 20s and confused about how he got on the floor and why his shirt felt wet. He touched the moistness and looked down; his hands were coated with sticky dark red. His best…