Defined Destiny

The rain in the Idari forest was finally subsiding. The leaves glistened with a healthy green sheen from their shower. One lone tree stood dry drops seemed to roll off its tip. At its base, the chosen one stirred from his sleep. A golden beetle buzzed near him. "Get up Adenesis," it whispered in his ear.…

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…

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…

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,"…

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…

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…

Dead or Alive

It's hard to hear orders when your heart is beating in your ears. For the moment, Thuku was glad he was the one giving the orders. "Spread out, converge, recover." Now, his orders were pursue and recover; dead or alive. Sorio prison housed the most dangerous felonies on the planet. These were not just people…

Rising

My first vehicle was won, not bought. It was earned at the tiny Megaboson arena in the Eastern District of Planet Desna. I remember the small crowd cheering my name as a new champion rose in the arena, hopefully, one who would go on to the Ethereal Colosseum. There, misfits became heroes, those with no…

In the Blink of an Eye

He could disappear. In the blink of an eye, he could go from Alaska to Bujumbura. He'd used his ability to gain wealth: illegally of course. Blink's escapades were now the stuff of legend. Bank vaults were cleared with no alarms going off, luxury cars taken for joy rides and the police finding no culprit…