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

Rotten

The tourniquet had done its job and stopped the bleeding, but the damage was already done. Wes was going to lose the foot, if not his leg, if not his entire life. It was probable that he was going to die right here in this quagmire called Vietnam. Even though that was the case, his … More Rotten

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

Consumption

I don’t know if she means to be cruel or if hunting is simply her nature and she can’t help it, but she is destroying me. I don’t know this animal, I don’t think she was tracking me from some previous meeting. I don’t know where she came from. She is beautiful and terrible and … More Consumption

Mightier

“Can’t we just kill it?” asked Wylie. Keaton placed his hand upon the boy’s shoulder. “Nay,” he said. “We must be patient.” They had been tracking the phoenix for days as it flew across the countryside. It was a rare sight, a firebird in this day and age. To see one was to herald a … More Mightier

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

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

Hidden

“Oh my god, he’s soooo cute!” exclaimed the attractive brunette as she reached out to pet a soft, pink nose that was rapidly twitching back and forth. “I love sugar gliders! What’s his name?” “Uh…” stammered Edward. “It’s Momo.” “Hiiii, Momo!” she cooed. Edward knew this was a mistake. He certainly couldn’t leave the thing … More Hidden