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 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

Hunt

If I don’t time this right, I’m dead, thought Eustace. I don’t land it, I don’t eat. Simple as that. The gargantuan creature lumbered closer. It stood on two legs, was covered in a thin layer of fur, and towered high into the sky. Its roars vibrated the air as its footsteps shook the ground. … More Hunt

My Fellow Americans

My fellow Americans, I’m speaking to you today because we have the privilege to be the stewards of a new age for our great nation and the world. We today must be brave and bold. As stalwart as those who first sailed across the vast oceans with nary a hope of survival. Since the dawn … More My Fellow Americans

Under Seige

The battlefield was dusty, making it hard to see. Disorienting shouts came from all around. A projectile flew through the air, just over Rowan’s head. He was alone in this moment, his allies unable to assist him. He scrambled one direction, but enemies awaited him. He whirled around and dashed the other way, but there … More Under Seige