Short Stories

4. Travelport

The van sped off from the end of the alley heading west with five kids in their seats remaining quiet as the driver did his job. There was no high-speed chase happening. It was just a drive. Aja looked back at her siblings, not a hint of worry. The fact Read more…

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Short Stories

3. Concave

Gary, feeling a hand on his shoulder, stepped back from the door. Lloyd Newman moved Gary out-of-the-way to look through the hole. He stepped back a few inches, “Shit!” he whispered to himself. Knock, knock, knock! “Mr. Parker? Is Everything alright?” said Agent Darren McCarty. Lloyd stepped back from the Read more…

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Short Stories

2. No Brimstone

The sky in Houston was gorgeous with only a few clouds and a temperature that made it comfortable to wear shorts without sweating. Aja was standing with her parents, sisters, and brother in the uncommonly high-ceiling foyer of the downtown Houston Public Library. She’d just picked up a few books Read more…

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Short Stories

1. Decision

Gary, we can’t keep them here,” said Tricia Parker in a hurried whisper. “We’re harboring fugitives.” She took a long drag from her Pall Mall cigarette and released the thick smoke into the already stale air, “Meredith said she has a friend who heard of a couple who just got Read more…

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Short Stories

0. An Incident (Part II)

RECAP: John and Jasper, brothers, are robbing a bank. John, the older of the two, can melt metal with his hands and Jasper has enhanced technopathy enabling him to manipulate and connect with electronics with only his mind. They’re both Modifies, humans who’ve had their powers unlocked for them. One Read more…

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Prompt

They were wrong about mankind’s lifespan

This morning the news feeds were all reporting the same thing. No matter what planet you were on, or channel on that planet, it was all the same: Science gets it wrong by about nine hundred ninety-nine million nine hundred ninety-nine thousand five hundred years; humankind will not be present Read more…

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Short Stories

0. An Incident (Part I)

Nobody paid attention to the two men walking into Commonly Bank’s tall glass building in the middle of Melbourne save for a few people at the door walking out. The lobby on the ground floor had recently been redecorated with faux dark wood and modern looking seating areas trying to Read more…

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Prompt

The last puzzle

For nineteen years, every week, every Wednesday in fact, Jose had been receiving a puzzle piece in the mail. The stamp markings were from all over the world and none of the pieces, except for the first one, have had a note with them. Well, that’s not entirely true. The Read more…

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Prompt

Conveyor Lady

For the most part, it was smooth. Though worn in a few areas, it was in its peak-prime-shape for sure. Sliding along on its rollers the sound was soothing to Tasha who’d just finished her daily inspection of the life of the plant. The line, better known to you an I Read more…

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