The Evertree

From 10 miles away the Evertree looked like a sapling, origami at its finest. From a mile away your heartbeat quickened like that of a naughty child about to meet the principal and realized he was way more powerful than you thought he was. At a hundred metres length you had to stop and stare,…

At The Edge

Lake Swallow was the epitome of peace, its small waves lapping to and fro in the summer breeze. If you stared deep into it you could almost forget the smouldering ruins that surrounded it. Princess Anadia was at its shore, petrified except for the few tremors of fear that still coursed through her. There was…

The Angel’s Descent

There's always a sense of danger with the unknown. Sometimes though, familiar things can stay unseen for so long that seen them again is no different from seeing them the first time.  On earth, there was a flurry of activity as the ship touched down. All militaries were operating at threat level 1 meaning that…

Brotherly Love

Image from Fatima Deria "The umpteenth time." The vague status was sent to the world through Antonio's feed before he started cleaning the decks but what should've been written was, "This is the umpteenth time I'm covering your shift. I swear I'm reporting you brother." And it should have been a text message, only sent…

Imaginary

Reven needed a drink. Not the kind people drown with in victory but the ones swallowed painfully in defeat. He was beaten, broken and a few heartbeats from joining the damned. His armour stuck to his skin where the heat had scorched both, searing skin and liquifying metal. If he lived through it, he'd never…

Of Portals and Pride

Where is the inventor of an interdimensional portal treated as a joke? At a meeting of other interdimensional portal inventors. Who would have though that there were other dimensions with other versions of myself, all having achieved what I had in half the time. Every meeting was the prequel to a failure induced panic attack.…

From Earth…Back to Reality

The pain was only temporary, the death though, that would last forever. Jekande's heart stung both from the bullet he'd been shot with and watching his sister being burned alive. His wife huddled next to him.  A small town was now a large pile of cinder and ash. When the Jaisnin rebel faction marched in,…

Life and Times of a Stream-Rider

Hi, I don't think we've met or will ever meet for that matter but allow me to introduce myself. I'm Zek and I'm a stream-rider. You've probably never heard of us. We're zipping through the universe at the speed of light eating photons for nutrition and shitting heat as waste. It's quite a fun existence.…

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,"…