“She was a Princess Once, and Brave” There are eleven statues in the Temple of the Ten Saviors. Ten stand in the shining cathedral, thronged by crowds who sing hymns of thanks to the warriors. The eleventh sits alone, almost hidden, in an alcove, a notched sword on her lap.
The Splotch The starfish-shaped splotch looked so small, like a careless spill of oil on frozen pavement. It wasn’t until the helicopters overflew it that we realized the “pavement” was several hundred miles of the North Atlantic, and that the splotch was growing. One tendril consumed St. John’s this morning.
“We Interrupt the Present…” “I swear, Doug, this thing tells the future!” J.J. ran his hand over the cracked Bakelite top of the tube radio. Doug scowled. “What? No. There’s no way–.” “Yes! They just said the Chargers beat the Raiders to get to the Super Bowl. The Vegas
The Expedition Brighton counted the men assembled outside the teardrop-shaped snow cave then called over his shoulder, “Doctor, we should hurry. You heard the last report.” “I heard”, Arvidsson replied as he zipped up his duffel bag. “The dreams are deeper. The madness more intense. Riots in Paris, London,
After the Eclipse The cult fell apart after the eclipse. We expected it, the baker’s dozen of us who still gather monthly in the hidden room of the Senator’s office but, still, it’s a disappointment. We called ourselves a cult as a joke. Our friendship, though, wasn’t…I thought. Over
The Crows Know Norman sat alone on the bench in the courtyard, surrounded by crows. He looked down at his phone, fiddled with it once in a while, oblivious to the birds that hopped and bickered from the full trash cans and scrawny trees of the courtyard. He certainly did
When the Cat King Calls “Hey”, the Cat King’s emissary said from edge of my porch roof. “What do you want, Sashay?” I was in no mood for shenanigans and he was shenanigans on cat’s feet. Literally. He shrank back into the shadow of the satellite dish, his ears flat.
The First Seal Jason winced as the tiny artifact fell onto the counter with a sharp crack. “Dammit!” Sarah came up next to him. “What did you break?” Jason picked up the disc, almost two centimeters across. “Catalog says it’s a seal. Minoan, but I think it’s from farther East
An Unfair World There was no such thing as superheroes anymore, thought the boy on the bicycle as the truck skidded down the snowy road toward him. They were all dead or just gone away. He locked eyes with the terrified, helpless driver as the tires left the ground and
If I stay on the bottom, the monsters can’t find me. I ran when they came, ripping the air like paper, into the Lab from Wherever. Papa made me special. A weapon. Told me I can stop the monsters. I’m so scared. What do I do? I jumped into the pool when the