Birds of a Feather

Wren rolled her eyes. The woman shooed the colorful bird off her left shoulder and resumed eating. She made a habit of enjoying her lunch in the park. It was a beautiful day to do so, the sun rested high in the azure sky. Wren sat under the shade of a huge oak tree; its…

Island Earth

“I know you can hear me,” Wyatt sighed with frustration at the repeated, invasive thought. Weeks ago, his plane crashed in the ocean but he did not remember it. The sheer panic of everyone around him caused him to blackout. He woke up on a beach alone with his own thoughts again. It took a…

Worldly Advice

“Young man,” the counselor said, “follow me.” Jerry followed, his mind filled with worry. Reprimand? Detention? Suspension? Which punishment awaited him? They entered a small office. The counselor closed the door, “So,” he sat behind a name plaque that said ‘Mundo’. “You’re really strong and don’t know how?” Jerry shrugged and furrowed his brow. “The…

Peppermint’s Forest

A streak of red flashed in corner of Oscar’s eye. The wrinkled, withered man’s focus was on the TV until something caught his eye. He was so used to different shades of whites, greens, and pinks passing his doorway that the bright crimson color demanded his attention. He turned in time to see an elegant,…

Lunar Eclipse

“I think it’s over-” the polite stranger fell mid-response. He attempted to point at some place further along the plaza before collapsing to the ground. Astrid heard the sound of dozens of bodies hitting the ground along the side-walk. The 14-year-old girl had a feeling she was close to the place she was looking for…

Stone Cold

“Cadence,…” Gale called her daughter as the girl exited the car. The bony girl adjusted her backpack as she turned around. She swept loose strands of her coffee-brown hair out of her eyes. “Yeah?” she asked. “If you ever feel cornered…,” Gale began. Cadence sighed at the subject matter but stayed long enough to listen….

Area of Employment

Greg tried to keep track of the maze of halls as a guard led him to the supervisor’s office. He searched the endless off-white walls for any tell-tale imperfection each time his escort made a turn. The hallway was almost as narrow as his guard was broad. The short burly man needed to turn his…

Seeing the World

“We’ll be in the next room, okay?” Orion’s mother reassured him one last time before he heard the door close. He heard light footsteps on the stone floor walking in his direction. A rustling of fabric settled in front of him, and he heard an old man’s tired lungs wheeze lightly. Not out of breath…

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;…

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…