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,…

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…

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,"…

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…