Old Friends

“I’ll eat its heart,” Bertram grumbled with spite as he trekked up the mountain pass. Day broke. The sun began its ascent on the other side of the mountain. A gentle chill breezed out of the growing light of the orange and purple sky to tickle him. “I’ll use that white mane to wipe my…

Ancient Wisdom

“I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, Ms. Chang,” Frederico said with a sigh. “No matter how much I focus on the gang,my illegitimate funds are running dry. I keep having to pull from my business revenue.” The ancient, Asian woman smiled and nodded. “Sometimes what you plan is not what’s planned for you. Running…

Wolf Packed

After a vigorous scrubbing in the shower, Curt packed his bags. As a blogger, he could work from anywhere and he tended to move around often anyway. He planned to stay in the city longer but after waking up next to a corpse he decided it was a good time to move. His memory of…

Offering a Seat

“Mrs. Houston?” Erica heard her name and whirled around. She stood at the entrance to her small, single-office in the run down strip mall at 7:50 a.m. about to enter and start her day. The area’s residents did not stir much until about noon. Hearing her name made her jump; she did not expect to…

Stellar Friend

Billy stepped out of a black portal and into a large, messy, active kitchen. One mountainous cook danced between three different stoves. Multiple pots and pans sat on lit burners on each stove. The giant chef moved between the three stoves like a ninja. “Who are you?” A woman asked. Billy noticed a short, elderly,…

Expositional Service

“You didn’t need to close,” Flutter said. The giant red-headed woman bowed respectfully in front of the frail, elderly woman a quarter of her size. “But, I appreciate it. It’ll be nice to eat in peace for once.” Donna Chang, the old woman, gestured for Flutter to stand up and sit at the table. “If…

Star Sight

“She already knows,” Donna Chang smiled. Thomas Moon handed her a messy, store-bought bouquet of roses with a small box of candy hearts taped to the green wrapping. The short, ancient woman turned her nose up slightly. She dropped the bouquet into the trashcan beside the warming lights. “Takeru will get you pretty ones.” “Those…

Misplaced

“I’m not going to hurt you!” Nyva spoke loudly at the building. An overhang created a lightless corner that she needed to get by. “I’ need to be seen on camera making my rounds but I’ll ignore you if you ignore me.” She hoped the child knew how to speak. She had no idea how…

Invitation

“May I see your I.D. please?” Freddy asked the woman trying to buy a bottle of wine. He knew she was well over 21, but he didn’t want to bother trying to explain his ability to his boss. The woman’s eyes lit up, she happily handed over her license. Freddy glanced at it and handed…

Magic Hope

Robert stepped into the Chinese restaurant and sat at his regular red and gold booth. He took a moment to admire the dragon-themed decor in the restaurant. Small dragon statues and elegant watercolor paintings dotted the empty restaurant. When he first discovered the business he wondered how it stayed afloat financially. He rarely saw any…