The Great Detective

The bow slid across the violin with furious passion. It was wild as a Crusader's sword, ferocious as a wild beast, quick as an arrow, held in a hand splotched and stained with chemicals. The rooms were full of smoke and sound, designed to stimulate his mind, to make it race as fast as the... Continue Reading →

Quarantining Time

The decay came suddenly, as if years were passing in seconds, as if time had made some terrible mistake. Metal rusted; wood rotted; everything fell apart. Cassie ran, but an invisible barrier threw her back. It felt solid as steel. Everything froze, as if she was in a paused video. A groaning sound filled the... Continue Reading →

The Lucky Ones

He watched from the shoreline as the ships gathered in the bay, filling the sparkling marbled blue of the water. There was a barrier in front of him, telling him to go no further, and yellow lines on the ground, telling him that he had already gone too far. He wasn't supposed to be there.... Continue Reading →

A Prison in Pink

Rooms in a wall – same size, same shape, only the the slightest difference in color, the most individuality allowed, windows so small nobody could ever see in– stretched on in both directions. Inside, they sat in their cells: eating, breathing, thinking, hoping, waiting. At night, they tapped against the walls in the secret language... Continue Reading →

This Too Shall Pass

The King – oppressor of nations, spiller of blood, slaughterer of innocents – stood upon the balcony, looking over the colorful peaked roofs. His voice was furious as he spoke to the prophet behind him: old, beaten, bruised, still refusing to bow. "You say that I will fall," the king mocked. "But I am like... Continue Reading →

Retirement

It was a quiet, out of the way place. McCarthy didn't mind. After everything, he had wanted a place like this, a place where he could be alone. Grey streaks marked where the paint had worn away, subjected to years of wind and rain, and a soft wind rustled the dying grass. Then there came the... Continue Reading →

How Things Changed

Seeds and orange gunk fell on the white tile, discarded results of his butchery. Putting down the knife, he looked at the carved pumpkin, at the cruel cuts and jagged edges. When she had been there, the pumpkins had seemed beautiful and his carving had been loving, but now they were just pictures of his... Continue Reading →

Outlaws

They met in the forgotten places, amidst overgrown fences and cracked cement, so that was where she waited for them. She tried to tame her unwashed curls of brown hair and smooth her ragged green hoodie. "Hey," a voice said and she turned to see a young man with skin like the earth and hair... Continue Reading →

Four Minutes

The image flashed on the screen: the palacae, the golden statue, the green of the trees. It all seemed so quiet, so serene, so normal. "You understand, of course," the man in the golden mask explained, turning to look at his bound prisoner, "that they will not even have the time to feel fear before... Continue Reading →

Isolation

At the edge of everything, where wild winds whipped over wine-dark waves and the air was cold as ice, he waited in his lighthouse. Only a narrow, snaking bridge of stone – a bridge few would ever be brave enough to cross – connected it to the shore. On moonless nights, when the waters were... Continue Reading →

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