Peanut Gets Red Nosed

Peanut Gets Red Nosed

“I need some roasted. Can you hook me up?” Peanut looked at the sullen acrobat from his cart window. The man was beyond gaunt. His electric blue leotard hung like laundry on his skeleton and his eyes were sunken. “You got tickets?” “I’ve got five bucks, and some...
The Price of Scampering

The Price of Scampering

Fred Gibson squinted against the cloudless sunrise. He was sprawled out on the lawn at an odd angle, his left foot bare on the sidewalk. Dirt covered his hands and caked his fingernails. Thistles and burrs had taken up residence in his clothes. As the sunlight...
Wish In One Hand

Wish In One Hand

Unlike most people, Agents Holmann and Murtaugh knew about the blackout before it hit them, but not by much. They’d been tracking the manifestations for a couple of weeks. The sensor network had narrowed it down to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the data coming in...
Press and Twist

Press and Twist

He’d been here before. He was sure of it; black tablecloths, silver candlesticks, and a flock of penguin waiters. When had he been here? “We dreamed this silly.” He frowned. She was gone. He turned, straightened his shirt, and hitched his jacket. He...
Kingmaker Jelly

Kingmaker Jelly

“Do you ever wonder what it’s thinking?” “No. But I often wonder what’s going on in your head. Your decisions are confounding.” He laughed it off. “Hardly. You’re just naive.” Vana didn’t rise to the insult and waited for him to make his move....
Abundian Battle

Abundian Battle

Dwe’leh Otoda stood at the crest of a grassy hill and gazed down at the valley below through three pairs of glasses. Each was a different prescription but, combined, they allowed him to see normally. At the edge of the low field, halfway across, were a pair of...