The Rider

He watches the gulls circle. They have the scent and screech and caw, and circle, and dive plunking at the soft bits, avoiding the scales and the still twitching clawed limbs. They scream with victory when able to take bits of brain or an eye airborne. Crabs work the soft underneath, maybe come in throughContinue reading “The Rider”

Divine Fabrication

She did as told. God’s one true warrior. Steel swinging bitch of the word. Chuckling darkly a fresh wave of pain rolls up her side. She grips the crossbow bolt protruding from her belly as if that could prevent more anguish. It does not. She is covered in sweat and blood, the mud alone weighsContinue reading “Divine Fabrication”

Young Ye’ Old Ye’ Dead Ye’

Leaves swirl from the ground in a sudden wind. A wind five-year-old Ye’ Ruo thinks left her mouth along with the words of her wish. A wish uttered hushed and filled with sorrow. She wished simply to, “help.” The wind howls and churns the remains of summer in a cyclone of red and yellow. TheContinue reading “Young Ye’ Old Ye’ Dead Ye’”

The Sacrifice

God is the sudden appearance of warmth and light. The mountain is silent. The wind has stopped. The sun is bright yellow in the billowing high mountain fog. Abrham collapses. His legs no longer support his weight. His breath is haggard and his vision blurs. At the end, despite the beautiful passage of the sun,Continue reading “The Sacrifice”

Fight Night

Loud bass echoes. A fight breaks out in the back. The impromptu violence competes with the music in the lowest level of the condemned multi structure garage. The situation gets dangerous fast and a gun goes off. Following the shot, a shrill cry of “No, no, not Morris, no,” bounces off the cold, wet cementContinue reading “Fight Night”

One Gnome, Two Gnome, Three Gnomes Gone

Two men hide in lakeside shrubbery on a ground slick and muddy. The air is chilly and their breath comes out like thick fog. They both stare across the lake at a palace framed by a sun escaping the encroaching night behind nearby mountains leaving brilliant shades of reds and oranges in its wake. TheContinue reading “One Gnome, Two Gnome, Three Gnomes Gone”

Gypsy Assassin

He smiles. It’s a simple upward twitch of the corners of his mouth. It’s barely a movement, yet it turns him from stranger into friend. The baron watches him flip a card and lay it on the table between them. The gypsy taps it. It’s the eighth card in the cross. The last one toContinue reading “Gypsy Assassin”

Rom’s Choice

The Great god Sol sits like a disk of silver in the slate-colored sky. The air is cold and filled with the beating drum of ceremony.   A small-boned female beats a doe-skinned drum. A mewing calf sits by her feet. She wears the ornaments of tribe shaman, sparrow bones pierced through her septum, small pearlesqueContinue reading “Rom’s Choice”