Nothing Personal, Just Business

The clock's hour hand moved ever closer to three. The afternoon had reached peak heat and the air conditioner in the legal offices emitted a soft hum. Juan kept stealing glances at Jeb until he stared straight at her. "What?" He started. "Are you sure you want to be here? You don't have to." "I…

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…

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,"…

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…

Tina Mond: Dominant

Tina Mond swung to and fro in her easy chair and as she did the light from her trophies glinted in her eye. She kept seeing it over and over as she had since her high-school science project took her to the nationals, Tina Mond: Dominant.  The rail fuse next to her told a different…