Grand Stomp

“She got a what?” Brad asked. The teenager’s eyes were wide as saucers. “SShhhh,” his mother, Eileen, said with a glance over her shoulder. Her mother was coming in behind her. “Don’t be weird about it, it’s her decision,” Eileen whispered. “She’s 90! Isn’t it dangerous?” Brad’s mother nodded in agreement, but she shrugged. “So…

Wonderous Recruit

“Now let’s see which one of you shouldn’t be here,” Ciani said. The elderly woman stared down at a dusty, well-used work table in the guild’s garage. Seven card-sized, transparent nodes rested on the table in an even-spaced row. “Hello, nodes,” she said. [Hello, Ciani] Text immediately appeared on all seven displays. Seven similar-sounding voices…

Wonder. Girl.

“Stay where I can see you!” Becky shouted at her daughter across the playground. The sunny Saturday afternoon encouraged a mother-daughter outing to the park; they weren’t the only ones. The park was crowded with barbecuing families and children running to and fro. “Okay!” Lucy replied, but her attention was already on something else. She…

Lunar Origin

Astrid looked the frail, short man up and down. Astrid’s mother, Tana, stood 5’6″, but the bag of bones next to her was noticeably shorter. His skin color matched Astrid’s, both were several shades darker than Tana’s dark brown. There was no doubt he was Astrid’s father. “Hi,” Astrid said, then she turned to the…

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…

Honey Pie

“I remember my first time,” Darcie said. She slid her black canvas backpack on and gave Linus a sly grin. Once the bag was secured on her shoulders she pulled her green apron off and handed it to Linus. “I didn’t get the same training you did. They just plopped me right on the A….

Royal Decree

“You guys are werewolves?” Lucas asked once the old woman left with their orders. She was far too ancient to be a waitress, Lucas wondered if she owned the restaurant. She also seemed sure about the twins sitting across from him being werewolves. Duchess nodded and scooted closer to her brother, Haste; the action seemed…

Majestic Life

“Awww, nuts,” Linus opened his eyes and sighed when he recognized the office. He was seated in a comfortable rolling chair in front of a small particle-board desk. A beige monitor took up more than half of the desk. A transparent phone with glowing pink and blue neon lights rested on the other end of…

Chasing Nostalgia

Casey heard ringing before she opened her eyes. She was seated in front of a desk but the high-back leather chair behind it was empty. She looked around and took inventory of the office. She had no idea how she got there; but, she hoped that finding out where there was would give her some…

Regal Conquerors

“The devil?” Dutchess asked. She smiled with the same light condescension that one might have with a child complaining about monsters under the bed. The pale young woman shook her head; the tight red bun atop her head did not so much as wobble. She sat in a Chinese restaurant across from Lucas. He shook…