Sharp Teambuilding

“Melody?” Ms. Sharp asked her assistant for confirmation. The short, pale, dark-haired woman scanned the living room with brilliant golden stars in her eyes. After a moment, the glow faded and she nodded. “He’s there,” she said and pointed at the old couch in the center of the room. “Of course he’s there! We wouldn’t…

Date with a Dragon

“Hi, I’m Flutter,” the towering woman introduced herself to Marie with a broad smile. Flutter was easily the tallest person in the room, but Marie was the shortest if she didn’t count the caterer. She looked up at the redhead that she guessed was at least three feet taller than her, and introduced herself. “Hi,…

Sun Busted

“JOHN!!” John froze when he heard his name. The soft, frighteningly familiar voice made the hair on his neck stand on end. “Who’s that, dear?” John’s wife, Ella, asked. She turned to face the voice and John followed her eyes. A tall, blond woman walked up to them with a broad smile. John swallowed. “Hi,…

Marcie’s Life. Marcie’s Test.

“How can they be humans and extraterrestrials at the same time?” General Hopsitel asked as his aide escorted him to the first meeting. The pasty, rotund general waddled through the narrow halls with renewed purpose. He was ready to retire the week before; then, first contact was made. “Well, ‘terrestrial’ just means ‘from Earth’. These…

Sentimental Sun

“Why so sad?” Tessa flinched at the sudden voice, but she did not look up from her misery. She recognized genuine concern in the strange woman’s voice and continued to sulk with her head down. She came to the park wanting to be alone and hoping the brilliant sunshine worked its magic to cheer her…

Sharp Exit

Dora woke in a war zone. She fell asleep on the couch the day before. Her TV turned itself on at full volume and the sound of machine-gun fire startled her out of her sleep. As she frantically patted around the brown leather couch searching for the remote, her phone chirped with a message. It…

Delicious Opportunity

“Go on!” Terry chuckled and put his arm around Brent. He pointed at Lisa sitting across the red table. The group of friends sat in a Chinese restaurant with a red and gold theme. “Tell her what you do,” he shook Brent while three of them laughed. Brent wasn’t laughing; he was too tired. “Vampire…

Joe Anybody

Joe gave a tall stretch then wiggled himself to comfort in the bed while he pondered what kind of life he wanted to experience next. “Something really exciting,” he thought. Joe first learned about his powers at 18. One moment he was in a bowling alley determined to roll a strike; the next, he was…

Starry Morning

“I’m never drinking again,” Wendy grumbled to herself as she padded down the steps. Her eyelids were almost closed to block out the bright morning sun. She held on to the railing with one hand while supporting her aching head, and blocking more of her view, with the other. The pain throbbed so much she…

Super, Glorious, Love

“Gloria Rose,” the mid-20s woman answered the clerk behind the tempered glass. The heavyset clerk in loose pink scrubs nodded and typed the name into his computer. Gloria heard the security gate open and turned to find a pair of officers coming through the narrow hall toward her. Gloria tried not to use her abilities…