Roland

Roland had been an android in the Krakow family for five generations and each generation had been its own challenge. But this one, this one with…


Palladium

“So, you’re going fishing today?” Kyle looked up from his workbench at the back of their narrow trailer and grinned. “Yeah. It’s my day off and Frank…


Cadmium

Audrey insisted on keeping the room dark. “You’re complaining about headaches, Mike. Keeping the lights in the room off and the light coming in from…


Titanium

After dinner, my older sister Julie and I were getting up to go do our homework when Mom stopped us by saying, “Hold on you two. Sit down.” She…


Arsenic

Prison was pretty bad, but one thing Stu liked was that he got to take classes if he wanted, and boy was he ever glad he’d signed up for this one.…


The Dragonfly

“Kids!” Katie motioned to get the second graders’ attention. “Look at this.” She held up a glass canning jar with a dragonfly in it and listened to…


The Painting

The day Ms. Langerford’s fourth grade class went to on a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Cole saw the painting, little did he know…


Crispy

Joel noticed, or felt, rather, a movement to his right. He moved his eyes in that direction and recognized Darnell, the nurse he liked the most, as…


Sunday, Bloody Sunday

"Okay, for our last song, we're going to do something by U2. You'll probably recognize it." Kari grinned as the crowd cheered. The fans of her band…


Mine All Mine

"Hi, Beth," Doctor Bryant said, greeting her with a smile and holding the door open. "Rick is here already. He ushered her into his rather cramped…