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…


Martyr’s Blood, Part 1

I. The Raider ­­class shuttle looked like a tiny speck in space when it finally left the Iscariot’s fighter bays. A sleek cylinder-shaped vessel, the…


Imperialism

Aswirl in accusations, the noble gentleman fell, as the crowds spat and stomped on his bronzed cadaver. “Pig.” “Beast.” “Monster.” The crowd hurled…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 33: Indiana-Bound, for Now

The long, arduous drive through the Rocky Mountain states landed me in a small town found in a valley: Crested Butte, Colorado. I was so clouded by…


Generation Z Warfare

“I got him…I GOT HIM!” The joyous cry perked Mason’s ears as he removed his VR mask and looked over at the end of the room. A group of men and woman,…