Uninhabited

As she descended through the clouds, she made a note. “Clouds: a promising sign.” This was the first planet she had found with water, or anything like water. Once she’d passed through the atmosphere (an atmosphere, too!), she gasped. Vegetation? They were of unusual shapes and bluer than ones she’d known, but unmistakably alive. She… Continue reading Uninhabited

Genie

Farahad knocked against the tree again. He was sure he heard a voice calling out to him from underground. Somewhere in this graveyard was a prisoner. She sounded desperate, though her screams were incoherent. He tried pushing gravestones. He felt against the lone tree for any kind of mechanism or passageway, but it seemed to shy from… Continue reading Genie

Outing

The air in the room was stuffy. Whoever had stayed here last had been a smoker, and contemptuous of signs. “We can ask for another room if you want,” Jeremy suggested, but Joel shook his head. The mountain air was too cold, and he was too tired to go back outside. Joel had asthma. He… Continue reading Outing

Lois Lane

This afternoon, in what would have been a lunch break for anyone else, Lois Lane typed another entry as usual into the portfolio of her inevitable Pulitzer Prize. Despite interruptions from junior staffers, she was able to maintain her concentration, relating another improbable but true adventure of humans beyond humans. “So how about that Superman?”… Continue reading Lois Lane

Affirmations

Never once has Sarah contemplated suicide. Even as she sits down after work and collapses in her bed, eager for tomorrow to be just as over as today, she doesn’t consider the possibility of forcing her own non-existence. In her weekly obligations with lingering high school friends, the few like her who never moved away, she… Continue reading Affirmations

“Oh John!” “Oh Marsha!”

John and Marsha were sitting on a rowboat, not rowing, just letting the gentle ripples of the pond ease them along. They had nowhere they wanted to go. Everything they wanted was right here. With a breath of night air, John whispered into Marsha’s ready ear, “You matter to me.” Marsha whispered back, “You antimatter… Continue reading “Oh John!” “Oh Marsha!”

Twins and Triplets

Ernie had wanted to have chocolate cake on his 8th birthday, but Bernie and Journey had voted for vanilla. “We’re not getting more than one cake,” their father said, and that was the end of the discussion. Ernie hated when they won. His brothers were inseparable. They played together constantly, to the point of having… Continue reading Twins and Triplets

Young Sherlock Homes pt. 1

“Excuse me,” the man said, grabbing a waitress by the wrist. “Do you know where our server is? We’ve been here ten minutes and we’re ready to order.” “I’m not sure,” she said, “but I can go ahead and take care of that for you if you like.” “Don’t you dare!” came a voice behind… Continue reading Young Sherlock Homes pt. 1

Knight

“I guess that guy’s going to Hell,” the guard said to his partner in front of the other door. “Heaven, you mean.” The guard smiled. These conversations were always the same. “It must be hard having to lie all the time,” he mused. The other guard made no comment, but flashed a knowing smile of… Continue reading Knight