Star From Home

“For you, the first one’s on the house,” the bartender smiled at David. The somber stranger gave him a curious look as he sat down on the high stool. “Don’t know why I’m special, but I’ll take you up on it. Gimme the hardest thing covered by your offer,” he said. The bartender nodded. “No…

Sharp Question

Claire wiped sweat off her forehead and relaxed on her haunches in the grass. She planned to work on her garden for the morning; now it was well past noon and her shirt and overalls were soaked with perspiration. She meant to be done sooner but she had not even started yet. While prepping the…

Spider-Powered

“So,” Dr. Mundo leaned forward on his chair and looked at the couple seated on his loveseat. “Tell me about your week?” He asked both of them. The wife, Esther, had been visiting him on her own time. Through those sessions, she gathered enough courage to reveal her deepest secret to her husband, Carlos. She…

Fortunate Soldier

Samantha walked at a fast pace along the crowded sidewalk. The bright sunshine encouraged throngs of shoppers to visit the downtown district that day. She felt glad for that when she noticed a black Suburban with tinted windows at the end of the block. She paused and looked behind her; she bobbed and weaved her…

Letter of Exposition

“Ask me anything,” Mundo said. “Be it big or small, I know it all.” Charity thought and tapped her head. “Do you know why,” she began her question. “Everyone I’ve been meeting is English speaking? “Funny you should ask,” Mundo grinned. “Great question. Here’s the deal.” “In every Earth you visit communication is key.” Jumping…

Celestial Craving

“Multiverse di- wait… Where am I?” Cameron asked the smiling waitress. “I don’t know how I got here,” he added with the hope that she wouldn’t think he was crazy. “No problem, it happens all the time,” she patted his shoulder in a comforting gesture then yelled at the kitchen. “Mundo! You’re up.” Then, she…

Healing Spider

Blake stared at the crying, blindfolded and bound young man seated in the middle of the dim room. The only light in the room was a pillar of white light that highlighted the prisoner; his hands were cuffed behind the rickety wooden chair. He was shirtless and looked like he worked out often. Blake doubted…

Expository Interrogation

“I didn’t mean to hurt them!” Elsa Fuller yelled the moment Dr. Mundo opened the door. She pleaded from her shackled seat as the doctor stepped into the room. “Their corpses say otherwise,” Dr. Mundo sat down in front of Elsa. The woman in a straight jacket shook her head. “I can control time! I…

Expository Lunch

“What’s your name?” Bijou asked Agent Mundo. The two women sat in a red and gold booth in a Chinese restaurant. After placing their orders, Bijou decided to start the questioning. The federal agent promised her answers. “It’s Mundo,” she said. “Agent is just a title.” “But what’s your first name? Or is it Mundo?”…

Magic Words

Something was different. Bijou blinked her crystal pink eyes several times, then she looked around her dorm. Golden sunlight poured in through the windows and highlighted her mess. A mix of clean and dirty clothes covered most of the floor, the computer chair, desk, and foot of her bed. Everything seemed to have a faint…