Emily in Red

We were assembled haphazardly upon decrepit benches, sunken couches, and metal lawn furniture along the rambling front porch of Mirror Vale, a former…


Martyr’s Blood, Part 2

III. The attack on the compound began an hour later, when Kiritata radioed in that his team was in position. Special tunnelling servitor drones had…


The Eulogy of Fallin’ Paul

The only time his sister Lorie called, it was because their brother was in jail or their father wasn’t doing well. It was 7 a.m. so it was more…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 34: Saying Farewell

Until the day I was to leave with Wyla, I wrestled greatly before retiring for the night with the rationality of my decision. What if I got stranded…


Soap; or, Cleanliness is Godliness

It’s strange really, but at least superficially it started because my dad got a bee in his bonnet about “cleaning up” my potty mouth. I had started…


Snick!

There was a satisfying weight in his hands. Weight meant significance, weight implied power and meaning. He had hold of a chunk of steel with power…


Border Wars

Andrew had lately been too tired to go to the gym, and mowing his rented bungalow’s patchy lawn had become a nearly overwhelming feat of physical…


Eliza

Day 52 Her name is Elizabeth Smerdy. You don't know her. Or maybe you do; she did move into the apartment right next to yours. No, never mind; you…


Nether World

“And welcome back to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. These beautiful animals have been putting on quite a show for everyone here.” “Yes, they…


Night Promises

At my piano recital, I set up two chairs. One is for my older sister Nancy. The other is for Mother. She’ll come this time. She must. Miss Edgar…