Tall

“And in that moment, your great-great-grandfather Bartholomew sneezed! And that sneeze blew not only the snake-oil salesman, but the the entire corrupt mayor’s posse, right out of town! They rolled and rolled and rolled until they reached the ocean, where the snake oil bottles sank to the bottom of the sea. Bartholomew was hailed as … More Tall

The Thief

He awoke at dawn and immediately knew that something was wrong. He had gone to sleep peacefully and slept his full eight hours. Nothing had caused him distress, not even a dog barking too close by. But in the night, something had been taken from him. He just knew it. He got up and frantically … More The Thief

Observation

“But when will it continue to?” asked Bjuecycnalsit. “The exact moment that it continues from, of course,” replied Uaoeioaiauy. “Wow. Perfectly preserved in time,” marveled Bjuecycnalsit. The two inter-dimensional, unending beings looked upon Uaoeioaiauy’s moment, embodied in a small, transparent cylinder. “I can’t believe that you were able to capture it.” “Yes, it is rare … More Observation

Punishment

“The crimes do not warrant such a harsh sentence!” The ethereal beings sat in deliberation, billions of luminescent forms gently lapping against one another. If they had the capacity to feel it, they would describe the sensation as tickling. “It is a lesser demon, we should simply absorb his essence and be done with it,” … More Punishment

Ownership

“It is time to clean yourself.” “Yes, Master. ” I obey and lather my body. When I am done, I step out and dry myself. “Dress, quickly. Something nice.” “Of course, Master.” I put on my pencil skirt and button up my top. “Wear the black shoes, you’re going to work for exactly eight hours.” … More Ownership

Curtain Call

Stop. Stop playing. Get out of my head, thought Alyssa. What could she do to get rid of a song? It was always going through her head over and over and over again and wouldn’t leave. She tried to use another song to push it out, but the new song simply replaced the old one. … More Curtain Call

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

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