Circle the Wagons

“Phase Blue! Launch all fighters! Civilian ships to Delta formation!” shouted the lieutenant. Orders were barked across the bridge as dozens small red circles appeared on the 360°-view portal. A raiding party had dropped out of dimensional shift at multiple points around the convoy as it reconfigured their nav trajectories; an opportune moment for an … More Circle the Wagons

Ruler

“Queen Metera’s forces are amassing to the west, my Lord!” shouted a red-faced general. “They send threats to decimate our battalion, and they have the numbers on their side. We must retreat.” Lord Yardley knew retreat meant losing the war to the Metrics, and the Imperials would be forever gone from the world. There would … More Ruler

Cursed

“It was a war injury,” said Piotr. “You’ll have to get in closer children, so you can hear him. I know, I know, it is usually the other way around for one so old!” The large man laughed as the little ones crowded around his grandfather. “My boy’s boy doesn’t believe me,” croaked the old … More Cursed

Keyhole

“Repeat it back to me, now,” instructed Kara. “Left once, right six times, left two times,” said Xavier with a sigh. “I told you, I got it.” “I know you do, but I have to be sure. It’s one of those things, so thank you for indulging me.” “It’s something that sticks with you, Mom. … More Keyhole

History

The men were outside the front door. They were looking for the little girl that was presently huddled in the pantry, making herself as small as she could be. Greta wasn’t going to let them find her. They wanted her because she was a threat to the country. They were saying that she was illegal … More History

Frustration

Arms had been thrown up, doors had been slammed, and feelings had been trodden. Paul heard Lucy sobbing in the next room as he laid on the floor and stared at the ceiling. His girlfriend of seven years was furious with him and he had absolutely no idea why. They had enjoyed a wonderful evening. … More Frustration

Heirloom

“It’s been passed down from generation to generation in my family. My great-great grandmother made it through World War II with it!” “And now you’re brother’s giving it to his fiancée.” “Who is the fucking worst.” “And you’re sure it’s not a fake?” “Yes.” Lips curled into a smile as bourbon was raised to them. … More Heirloom

Overreactions

“Oh my god, I am so jealous of your shoes! I want them so bad!” said Callie as she fawned over Theresa’s new wedges. Theresa never spoke to her again. Of course, that was only because Callie had killed her and taken her shoes.

Beta

“Again,” came the command. “Yes, sir,” grumbled Eric. He knew what the outcome would be, but he set up the testing apparatus again. Being a lowly tech meant no one would pay his prediction any mind. “Is it ready?” asked the officer with stars on his shoulder. “Yes, sir,” repeated Eric as he verified the … More Beta

The Farmhouse

“We don’t go in there anymore,” June informed Tim. “Why not?” asked the boy as he plucked grass. They sat in the shade of a tree, across the field from a pristine farmhouse, June’s old home. “Cuz that’s where they live now.” “Who?” “I’m not supposed to say their name. Dad says it makes ’em … More The Farmhouse