In a Pinch

“He’s awake, Ma’am,” a blue-suited guard said. The young man stood at the door to the director’s office holding a small brown paper bag. He raised it to show her as the short, red-haired woman left her desk. She gave the guard a smile. “You brought it, great!” She was genuinely excited about talking to…

Death’s Welcome

“What movie did you pick?” Anna asked Maxwell. She had changed out of her pajamas and filled a backpack with some snacks by the time they were ready to enter the portal. The pair of teens stared at the black hole floating in Anna’s bedroom. “I was thinking of a Christmas movie, not any specific…

Changing Times

“You…you…rewound time?” Anna asked. The 18-year-old sat under the covers in her bedroom while a mysterious student sat on her computer desk. Maxwell chuckled at her question. “Hah, yeah. Actually that’s exactly the way I think of it. I picture a VCR in my mind and imagine pressing the Rewind button. But,” he looked at…

Directing Death

“LAST CALL!” Anna’s mother yelled through the door and gave it three solid knocks. “Birthday or not, you’d better not miss your first day!” She pounded the door once more, then her footsteps traveled down the hall away from Anna’s door. Normally, the now 18-year-old woman would have been out of the bed by the…