Sharp Contact

“Could this be a hoax?” The gathered men and women sitting around the long boardroom table all shook their heads. “No, Mr. President,” one of the men said. “We’ve done an exhaustive analysis of the signal and everything indicates that this is a genuine event. Despite no sign of any vessels in orbit around the…

Pine-Soul

“Welcome to-,” Jack’s introduction to the two women was interrupted by the one in a white suit. “Him?” the pale, dark-haired woman asked the pale, dark-haired woman in a dark suit next to her. Their similarity highlighted their differences. The woman in white sat taller than the other with perfect, flawless alabaster skin and icy…

Sneaker Set

[OT] Friday Free-Form: They Are What They Believe They Are “I feel great!” Greg smiled at his youthful, brown-haired reflection in the mirror. An hour ago he was offered a new job in the middle of a fatal car crash. Minutes ago he was a balding, grey-haired old man. Now he stood in a new…

New Lease on Life

Greg shut his eyes when he heard the brakes screeching. He felt a light impact on the door next to him and heard the crack of shattering glass. Then nothing; the world went silent. He waited for a moment for something, anything, to happen. “Am I dead?” he asked aloud. He heard his own voice…

Manual Labor

Jasper’s eyes shot open and he sat up in bed cradling his right hand. Burning pain on his wrist woke him up and he searched the room, from the bed, for any sign of the cause. He saw nothing threatening in his room and turned his attention to the throbbing pain. “Ahhhhh hell,” he sighed….

Inopportune Opportunity

“Thank you, ma’am,” Perry winked at the cashier and gave her his best smile. The steady, green “90” hovering above her head changed to red and jumped up to 100. “I’m losing my touch,” he thought as he walked away with the small bag of hair products including a fresh box of green dye. He…

Choice of Millions

[OT] Free-form Friday Jenny stepped out of the pitch black, vertical hole that hovered in the air into a bright, white office lobby. A black cat with a red skull pattern in the fur atop its head followed her out of the portal, then the hole disappeared. The spiky-haired girl greeted the receptionist. “Hi, Melody!…

Bottled Up

Margo gave a final glance up and down the road to make sure no one caught sight of her. She saw no cars in either direction, and ducked into a dry canal that ran parallel to the road. She climbed out on the other bank and disappeared under the overgrown foliage. Margo reached her ‘secret…

Selling Her Sole

“What?” Donna answered the phone with a harsh whisper. She sat in a dark, bathroom-sized storage space with her back against the closed, locked door. The only light in the room came from her phone’s flashlight. When she answered the phone she illuminated the wooden wall to her right. “Hey. Are you okay?” her friend,…

Sharp Crown

A dark-haired woman in a white suit approached the pale teenager sitting on the edge of a cliff. He looked 15-years-old with a black widow’s peak dipping into his forehead. “Hi. What’s your name?” the woman asked him. She inched closer to the edge. “I’m not gonna jump,” he said. “I just like the view,”…