Picture the Real Me…

Source: Ted Strutz I stumbled into the photo studio five minutes late my paramedic overalls reeking of disinfectant and lime.  I began apologizing to the photographer but the man behind the lens didn't mind. "We'll get a picture of the real you," he said. Cindy had Mark on her lap in a tux. Till today…

First Aid for the Bludgeoned Soul?

Source: J Hardy Carroll Defeat never nibbled at your toes. It snapped up your foot like a crocodile and pulled you to drown in its murky depths. Only a brave few could fight back up to shore and they were often less a leg till the knee. Ben delayed getting in. "Better luck next time,"…

Facing Judgement

Miri floated through the bus station with a flutter of pride. He'd learned to do it in three days with the help of the armless soul near the park. He'd been told that most took a week or two to master floating. He stopped at the centre of the road as a bus came to…

First Contact

Our fear of the unknown was at a major conflict with our desire to meet alien life but here we were. They had come through a wormhole they generated bypassing all of our satellites and monitoring equipment to appear within five kilometres of the planet's atmosphere. To say that they were friendly would be like…

Shining Armour

Source: Marie Gail Strataford Felilah looked at the withered bud that barely held to its wilted stem. A strong gust of wind could have blown it off. "You say this is a Rose of Ulasis?" "Yes," the knight in dirty armour started, "journeyed through fire and ice just for you to have it," He wiped his…

Claiming Birthright

Vers looked at the disheveled figure in front of him. The man had been arrested for causing a disturbance for the third time that month. This was far beneath his pay grade but he'd seen Legus Avuru many times in the marketplace shouting about rightful heirs and what not. His position as police chief was…

Broken by Boundaries

Humans love to win. They don't all win because some are procrastinators, others are quitters; some are just too dumb to succeed. But the moment one of them makes it, they huddle around them like the winner's generating fire and they're naked on Pluto. Not much happens when the winner's winning. The rest often set…

Table for Two Restaurant for Three

Githinji's posture was that of a snake oil salesman about to meet his biggest client. The lines on his grey suit could cut a fly.  The ostentatious oak he sat on scintillated the light rays as the sun shone on the handle. Nyanda was late and not in a fashionable way. As the minutes ran…

Searching For Life

Even when it comes with instructions, death is still hard to handle. I perused through the pages of the book I collected from the library. Humans called it the five stages of grief and if this book was anything to go by, then I was supposed to be going into the acceptance stage, getting over…

Wish Granted: Part 3

Part 1, Part 2 Sesios floated through the portal with an overriding feeling of nausea. The days of being asked to summon such devices had long passed. However, even then, he had never felt like this. He sped to the light eager to end his awful journey but as he flew out it became dark, pitch…