Sun’s Shade

Claire was never like the other girls. Dolls and dresses didn’t interest  her at all while growing up. She was too busy hunting and fishing with her six older brothers. Her mother died while giving birth to the red-headed girl; her father and six brothers did their best to raise her. Her teenage years were…

Drinking Star

“It’s you!” Phil hadn’t forgotten the stranger’s long purple ponytail in centuries. Despite not seeing him in hundreds of years, the stranger looked almost exactly as Phil remembered him. Lean with a fair, youthful face. “It’s me,” the stranger grinned for a moment. “Do I know you?” he asked. He looked around the run-down bar…

Sun Shattered

“GET TO THE SCHOOL!” Cora yelled backward over her shoulder. She strained with all her effort to keep the small crowd of skeletons at bay while the civilians fled. The skeletons struggled to get by Cora without acknowledging her as a threat. It seemed they considered her little more than a tree or fence to…

Zero Escape

In the blink of an eye, Fred’s world lost all its color. The mid-30s man was headed to the parking lot. He stepped outside just in time to see all the cars shift colors to shades of grey. The steady trickle of shoppers traveling to and from the parking lot all lost their color; Fred…

Deliverance. Delivery.

“I FOUND IT!!” Liam dashed into the relatively empty mess hall. His excitement dimmed considerably when he noticed the only other person in the room, the captain. Even after the food ran out, the crew still gathered in the mess hall every morning out of habit. It seemed three days was all it took to…

A Mother’s Wish

At the age of 114 Winston reset his life; it was the only escape from the invading horrors. 114 years old was the longest he’d ever lived and for the first time in 999 resets, he had a goal. He woke up and hopped out of his childhood bed with a burning motivation. “100 years…

Miraculous Choice

Mark slowed his pace when he spotted the homeless man again. This time he was in the middle of the street and not at his usual spot against the bricks of an abandoned warehouse. He was escorting an elderly woman to the other sidewalk. The woman grinned ear to ear while the homeless man carried…

Sun Busted

“JOHN!!” John froze when he heard his name. The soft, frighteningly familiar voice made the hair on his neck stand on end. “Who’s that, dear?” John’s wife, Ella, asked. She turned to face the voice and John followed her eyes. A tall, blond woman walked up to them with a broad smile. John swallowed. “Hi,…

Sentimental Sun

“Why so sad?” Tessa flinched at the sudden voice, but she did not look up from her misery. She recognized genuine concern in the strange woman’s voice and continued to sulk with her head down. She came to the park wanting to be alone and hoping the brilliant sunshine worked its magic to cheer her…

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…