Deus

I held them so close that I crushed them. Killed them all, but a few. It was an accident, really. I just wanted what was best for them and didn’t realize what I was doing. I just wanted them to do right so I forced it. I just wanted- The next time I tried to … More Deus

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

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

The Stew

“Well, she did leave Lawrence. This past year has been rough. Even coming out with us every now and then isn’t going to make her forget about her husband,” said Bernice. Trudy nodded in agreement. The two women milled about the kitchen, sharing their thoughts on their friends’ lives and laughing about their own. The … More The Stew

Complacency

“Do you require anything else, Master Joshua?” “No, thank you, Kara-2.” “Then I shall take my leave of you.” That was a lie. Though the robot, standing six feet tall with strong, slender shoulders and a pretty, friendly face, turned on its heels and left the room, it wasn’t actually gone. The physical body had … More Complacency

Enemy Combatants

“You’ve got to stop thinking of them as your audience,” said James. He was looking Ben straight in the eye as he spoke, his sharp blues and intense stare causing Ben to feel unsettled down to his very core. “They’re not your audience. That’s a misconception that’s going to destroy you up there. They’re not … More Enemy Combatants

Cursed

“Because I’m cursed, John.” Daisy sat on the front porch of her family’s big white house with her friend from school, John. She pushed herself back and forth in the swing using her toe, which was just barely touching the wood of the deck. Her arms were crossed over her blue overalls and a single … More Cursed