Mundo Mistakes

“Oh, it’s simple…,” Dr. Mundo chuckled to herself. “From your perspective, he has been replaced,” she gestured at Mrs. Meadows. Then, the green-haired psychiatrist turned her attention to Mr. Meadows. “And from your perspective, she’s been replaced. The jovial doctor giggled again. “If only all my cases could be this easy.” “Are you even a…

Drunk Luck

“Stop right there, Gaia,” BlackJack said. He stood in the center of the street, both hands on his hips, while pedestrians fled the scene along both sidewalks. His black and red harlequin costume billowed in the wind; the bells on the ends of his jester hat jingled. Moments ago Gaia erupted from beneath the police…

Stone Broken

Gale Stone enjoyed her stroll through the park. It was a cool, sunny day and most of her city was at work or school. The park was mostly empty and she was surprised to hear several voices coming from a cluster of trees. She approached silently and peeked around a thick oak. A familiar teenage…

Academy of Heart

“Can you give me an example of this ‘haunting’ and why you think it’s your brother that disappeared 20 years ago?” Dr. Mundo asked. He was a lean gentleman with a well-groomed, green beard. “My brother and I used to play hide and seek all the time. I’d get scared if we played at night…

Island Secret

“Good Morning,” Dr. Fredrickson bowed his head as they did and returned the greeting. It wasn’t until after he said it that his groggy mind had a realization. “You speak English?” he looked at the small crowd of men and women trying to pick out the one that spoke. They all wore loose rags as…

Worldly Parents

“I can’t believe he slept through that,” Wanda whispered to her husband as they snuck out of their son’s bedroom. “Why are you whispering?” Elkson asked in his normal volume. “He just slept through a tattoo, he’s not waking up any time soon.” “Partial tattoo,” Wanda replied as she followed her husband to the kitchen….

Renewing Faith

“Uhh…,” Faith pondered the question as she sat on the barstool. The question was unexpected from the tall, gaunt bartender. Normally, she didn’t get questions about what she wanted until after she had a moment to look at the menu or ask questions. He was dressed in crisp white apron with rolled-up flannel sleeves; his…

Turbo Trouble

Turbo’s stomach fluttered with nerves as he followed the principal into her office. It was spacious, larger than his own bedroom, and it reminded him of a nursery. Dozens of potted plants lined the walls and floors around the room. The principal’s dark wood desk sat in the center of the room reminiscent of a…

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…

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…