Stone-cold Nerves

“The view could be worse,” Elijah thought again. Every time his mind wandered he kept himself sane by focusing on the bright side. He may have been time-locked, but he was sitting outside on a beautiful orange and purple evening. There was no breeze but the weather was almost cool. He found a pleasant spot…

Mourning Sun

Perla smiled to herself as she watched a group of children playing around the yellow slide. She did not use her ability on them; she didn’t like using it on children. After almost a decade of practice, the most important thing she learned was that her power was finicky. Her best guess was that the…

Vanilla Suggestion

“By the way,” Vanilla pointed at the time-stopped skeleton several feet away. “When you are powerful enough to stop one of Ballisea’ s skeletons…,” A tall black portal open next to the skeleton. “…she’ll notice.” Billy watched a single leg step out of the darkness. He moved to step back, but he blinked. “C’mon, sleepy,”…

Deerly Departed

“You don’t know?” Clark asked with wide eyes. “Who doesn’t know how and when they’re going to die?” Eila nervously looked around the restaurant to see if anyone else heard him. She wasn’t embarrassed exactly, but the 32-year-old woman was not fond of strangers asking her questions. And they always did when they discovered she…

Celestial Craving

“Multiverse di- wait… Where am I?” Cameron asked the smiling waitress. “I don’t know how I got here,” he added with the hope that she wouldn’t think he was crazy. “No problem, it happens all the time,” she patted his shoulder in a comforting gesture then yelled at the kitchen. “Mundo! You’re up.” Then, she…

Sunburn

Jim channeled more heat than he could handle. He fired a beam of bright blue, almost white, plasma from his hands at the tall, pale woman with white horns. Jim focused on channeling heat, not protecting his hands; he felt searing pain as the skin on his palms began to melt. He hurt himself in…

Zero to 46

“83 years, not bad, but it isn’t the record,” the young Ellis said. The elderly man nodded and grinned. “Better’n you by the looks of things. What were you? 20? 21?” Old Ellis glanced around the larger than usual room. It resembled a cafeteria. Both men, young and old, sat one of the dozens of…

Zero Power

“MAGUS!” the boy’s scream echoed through the halls as he ran. “MAGUS!!!!” His hurried footsteps on the marble floor combined with the echoes from his shout to fill the empty hallway with a ruckus. He reached the door to the Magus’ meditation room; a tall, wide, solid oak door that was almost four inches thick….

Things End

A sharp knock at the door startled Eric. The sudden jump caused him to drop the phone from his hand. “Babe? I lost my key.” Vanessa’s voice came through the door. Eric stared at the phone embedded in the lush, grey carpet. It landed face up with the emergency message taking up the entire screen….

Well, Dragon.

Charlie stopped lowering himself when he found the marked brick with his flashlight. He sprayed a green ‘X’ at the spot before the crossover, to help him keep his lunch. The early 30s man shined his flashlight down at the darkness. Instead of illuminating the depths of the well, he saw the now familiar black…