Sharp Amends

“STEVEN!!” Stephen woke to the sound of someone calling his name; annoyed they were pronouncing it wrong. Then, the shaking started. He opened his eyes to find his younger sister’s blue eyes staring down at him. They sparkled with excitement that matched her broad smile, but she didn’t stop shaking him. “WAKE UP! DANA SHARP…

Sharp Eyes

“Well?” Dana Sharp asked. She stood in front of Cathy with her arms crossed while the confused woman wiggled in her seat. “Well what?” Cathy asked. She was thrilled to be there, in the office of the most powerful woman in the universe, even if she didn’t know why. Dana Sharp saved the human race…

Sharp Reward

“Yeah,” Gus sighed mentally. “That was definitely a dream.” He woke from a vivid, loud, colorful dream into empty, silent darkness. “I guess that means I’m still alive. Damnit.” He remembered everything about the explosion and the moment everything stopped. The last thing he saw was the pair of kids he tried to shield from…

Joe Anybody

Joe gave a tall stretch then wiggled himself to comfort in the bed while he pondered what kind of life he wanted to experience next. “Something really exciting,” he thought. Joe first learned about his powers at 18. One moment he was in a bowling alley determined to roll a strike; the next, he was…

Super, Glorious, Love

“Gloria Rose,” the mid-20s woman answered the clerk behind the tempered glass. The heavyset clerk in loose pink scrubs nodded and typed the name into his computer. Gloria heard the security gate open and turned to find a pair of officers coming through the narrow hall toward her. Gloria tried not to use her abilities…

Sharp Illumination

“Preposterous!” Chairman Stone balked at the suggestion. His entourage of suits laughed while Howard gritted his teeth and endured. He expected the reaction from the group of old men, but the reality of it made his cheeks burn. “No women allowed,” Chairman Stone said. “I didn’t say she wanted to join. I’m only betting that…

Sharp Procedures

“What do you mean a week?” Mundo asked. She leaned on the bar eyeing the pair of women standing in front of her. They looked similar, with pale skin and short dark hair. The taller, leaner one wore a white suit; the shorter, chubbier one wore a black one. “Seven days, a standard week. Starting…

Sharp Kids

“Ladies and gentlemen…,” Robert smiled at the crowded meeting room. Professional parents sat around the large oval-shaped table while a large group of kids sat on the floor facing him. “…boys and girls. Today is a day you’ll all remember for the rest of your lives, and I’m honored to be a big part of…

Hint of Evil

“This is stupid, this is stupid, this is stupid,” Adam mumbled to himself as the elevator moved up to the top floor. The mid-30s college student paced within the empty elevator while he reminded himself of his stupidity. “I’m gonna say the thing and they’re going to call security on me.” Before he could reconsider…

Devilish Informant

“It was an old story,” Alice began her tale but did not make it very far before Ms. Sharp interrupted her. “I don’t need a prologue or the wisdom of your ancestors. Just tell me what you know,” Ms. Sharp said. Alice nodded. “Her name is Ballisea. The story says she loved a Zero but…