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

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

G’s

It’s a sensation that the astronaut is all too familiar with by now, the lack of gravity, of sound, of any sort of sensation at all. He’s immune to the effect now, space walks being as commonplace as they were. This is different, though. Even though he can’t feel it, he knows he is travelling … More G’s

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

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