Ladder To Nowhere

Cleo skipped through the woods as Jak trailed after her. “What do you want to do on your last day?” Cleo asked as she spun around, kicking up fiery leaves with her feet. “I don’t know,” Jak mumbled as they scuffed their boots in the dirt. “Hmm, I know! We could climb the magic ladder […]

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By the Phone

The second day she checked her phone every 15 minutes, not on the 15 marks of the hour, but according to her own mental clock that started the minute her eyes opened. After the 20th time she checked, she had to admit the pocket-sized hunk of rare metals, plastic, and glass would turn on again. […]

Time for Tea

Marjory opened the door a second after the first knock. Ruby stood on the step with her fist still raised for a second knock. I saw you through the window. Just put some tea on the kettle, would you like a cup? Marjory said as she ushered Ruby into the house. Ruby fiddled with her […]

Sunset

“What?” He asked as he glanced back down at me. The wind was toying with his short brown hair just like my fingers usually did. Standing on the hilltop with the setting sun framing him in a halo of light, he looked like an angel. Like he always did when he saw me, he was […]

Should Have Stopped There

Jeff “Of course Tracy would be the one to have a double chocolate wedding cake. So much for tradition.” Mai (laughs) “Yeah, she made me help her pick it out. Almost went for a stack of brownies instead. Jeff “It’s been years since I last saw you, Jack. How you doing?” Mai “I go by […]

Two’s Company

No one was home. Well, I was in the house, but I didn’t count anymore. My home was gone somewhere else. Half the windows were boarded up. A box of nails and a hammer sat beside a pile of plywood on the window seat. Glass sparkled from the greyish carpet. The dust was so heavy; […]

Long Way To Go

“3. 2. 1” She tapped her foot on the edge of the roof and her crossbow against her thigh. The wind whistled up from the streets, barely ruffling her closely cropped hair. It brought the smell of rotting corpses and eggs. Her throat itched. Footsteps pounded up the stairs. How long did it take to […]

Future Making

My flight jacket was wrinkled from a two day long shift at the helm. I stumbled into my cabin, smacking the light pad with my elbow as I passed by. A soft glow emanated from the walls to slowly illuminate my small, barely furnished cabin. Even a captain could expect few luxuries on a ship […]

Halls Under the Sea

Beginnings The Winter Sea was frozen between Elderland and Sunderland. Only during the summer months could ships attempt to sail through the shifting islands of ice and whirlwinds of ice and snow. Only elves were swift and sure enough to attempt the voyage and for many centuries they refused passage to any not of their […]