Blurry Blue Door

All Jack could remember when he opened his eyes was the time on the clock right before he shut off the lights as he crawled into his bed. It was precisely 6:65 a.m. and the sun was nowhere to be seen. He spun around, already standing up and…

A doppelgänger to the end

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! My alarm clock blares in my ear. I crack my eye to see it’s 0530; sigh…. I roll my limp body to the edge of the bed and sit up while leaning over to shut off the alarm clock which is no longer sounding. I adjust…

Ten Decades of Ruling, No More

This letter was found on the desk of the North Korean Premier on 2 September 2020 and declassified by the United States Government on 12 September 2048. The Premier was found dead, succumbing to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after an apparent murder-suicide plot to kill members of the Democratic People’…

The Gumball Labs Incident

The daily entry of Mark, our lab intern, was unmistakable as his shoe did its routine squeak across the faux wood floor. As the only doctor on staff that shift I was in charge of the microbiologist staff, Mark included. I watched as he sat at his desk to go…

The choice is yours

Ninety-four years wasn’t too bad of a run, thought Certus.It was indeed a good run, a good life overall. Certus was a man of little worth in the sense of being worth money. He had little need of it, really. He was considered homeless by most. However, he…

Dragon's Blood and Alphas

Detective Don Aten arrived at his desk and put his coffee on the already coffee-stained paper coaster near the edge. Taking his jacket off to place it on the back of his chair he scanned the near-empty office space. Short of the new intern in the corner working to catalog…

Red Fades to Black

Stumbling over rooftop pipes and intricately connected heat ducts fused to the residence spaces below I become aware that I can't feel my own warmth. Perhaps expected on a night like this. It is, after all, rather cold. However, I'm torn away from this nonissue-thought as I begin looking around;…

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…

7. Unscathed

"Nooo!"Aja swung around at the base of the stairs to an explosion of red, the ear-piercing sounds of rapid gunfire, and a mute visual of her sister Lilly mouthing "Run!""Run Aja! RUN!" was the last thing she heard before seeing the open end of a pistol pointed down…

6. Darts

Nooo!"Aja swung around at the base of the stairs to an explosion of red, the ear-piercing sounds of rapid gunfire, and a mute visual of her sister Lilly mouthing "Run!"Lilly followed her sister's movement on the level below knowing the plan of action perhaps even before Aja did.…