A Cave, a Dwarf, and a Stupid Caterpillar

“Stupid Caterpillar,” the wizard whispers, his voice echoing into the cavern as if the darkness were hungry for something to eat besides silence. He follows the utterance up with a stomp of his slipper. In the small sphere of blue light cast from the top of the wizard’s white-oak staff, the dwarf can see theContinue reading “A Cave, a Dwarf, and a Stupid Caterpillar”

Oddity on Brain (inspired by art from C0laj)

Unaware of irony, the oddity wakes in the Dreamlands and holds the shape of a nameless sponge diver. Why? It forgot and fell asleep like this, and now it wakes to find itself thinking of owning a personalized existence. How? The brain in the diver’s head that the oddity now holds in his hands. ThisContinue reading “Oddity on Brain (inspired by art from C0laj)”

Barry Golds and the Very Very Bad Memory

When human launches into space, they will undergo the type of violence normally reserved for death. And Commander Barry Golds thought he was going to die. So, situation normal. But he didn’t, and after a career trying to get here, he is aware the bit of engineering wrapped around himself helped, but that help wasContinue reading “Barry Golds and the Very Very Bad Memory”

Sky-fishers

It’s the whisper in the clouds. The swift turning and movement of frozen water. “Maybe this isn’t a good idea,” she whispers, wishing she could take back wanting to impress him. Luke pulls the ripcord on the power-glider, and the small gas engine chugs into life. With an obvious fake-smile, he turns back and shushesContinue reading “Sky-fishers”

Waters of Black Glass (art by C0laj)

Hungry, he pulls the oars again, and Domenicos Theotokopoulos, Dom to most, allows the little rowboat to drift to a stop. Certainly not the world’s ugliest man, though it was a close contest, he decides, here is good enough.  Dom is work-a-day ugly, the kind where his days are separated by a hangover, a bottle,Continue reading “Waters of Black Glass (art by C0laj)”

Tick

Tick-tick-tick, I count ticks, and wish I didn’t. I am at 90,000 when the security bell sounds, and the doors to the Death Wing clang open. I know it’s something for me. I am in the pre-execution holding cell, sometime tomorrow, I’m told, the governor will make his final decision on the matter of myContinue reading “Tick”

Hungry Hungry Universe (Art by C0laj)

As a force of turmoil and chaos, The Universe, the canvas for all things in existence to frolic on, is nothing and everything in between. As rumpled fabric, it does not recognize its moments as coming or going. The Universe is. And that should be enough. But as everything and nothing, The Universe decided longContinue reading “Hungry Hungry Universe (Art by C0laj)”

Nameless

A nameless boy stares into the night sky. The moon, also known to some as Pheobe, glows speculative there and waxes the small world of his tribe into a new hunting season. The last before the snows come. An important one for the small band of sapiens if they are going to survive until theContinue reading “Nameless”

An American Revolution

The sunset and the smoke from the fire mix with the already perfect September warmth, and make the boy of fourteen forget the group’s intention and finds himself having fun. The bottle of moonshine gets passed to him, and this time he takes a nip, noticing none of the men care. He coughs, and hisContinue reading “An American Revolution”

Bit O’ddity w/ art by c0laj

The NACA Bell X-7 races out of Earth’s atmosphere to the cheers of every human left behind,  “We did it, we reached space!” The pilot, war vet Bob Capier, thinks he’s died, because how else could a monster? A space squid? A nightmare come to life, be reaching for him from out of the blacknessContinue reading “Bit O’ddity w/ art by c0laj”