Exile

He is a monster of a man wrapped in heavy chain and shackled at the wrists and ankles. He has been dressed in a frayed orange jumpsuit. He sits in a glass box. There are hundreds of other glass boxes filled with criminals. The screaming and crying and scrape of chair against cement and clang …

A Marine

  He enlisted in the marines on the ninth of December 1941, two days after Pearl Harbor, while still drunk. His buddy Carl was so blasted the recruiter made him wait a day before joining up saying "This boy's just too primed." Peter McGrew joined the Marines not because they were the best, because they …

Sebastian’s Baby

A dusty brown sky lays on the horizon. It’s a day like yesterday and the day before that and the day before that. Maybe it’s been decades. Maybe the sky was never blue and the air never warm. Maybe life was always this steamy hot, bleak emptiness. Sebastian isn't sure. He is a day to …

The R

The R pulled into Union. I followed a tall woman dressed in black onto the car. I stood at the front and scanned the passengers. To my left, two empty seats and a woman on whose head a colorful scarf sat. It had many shades but seemed red as a whole. She didn’t seem that …

Clancy

An ogre's head rolls out of a blood-stained burlap sack with a sickening plop. The garroter is a man named Jon. He huffs, irritated. It is too late to move the parchment; it is ruined. Instead he moves his gaze from the besmirched paper to the milky-eyed lifeless gaze and brown snaggletooth gaping jaw of …

The Staircase

The Soul considers himself male. It’s an echo from the many lives he has lived. It doesn't matter. It's a small thing really. And sometimes it is not even an option. It wasn’t as a Sea urchin living blissfully under a warm sea, or a worm clinging desperately to the hull of Tenervian space vessel, …

Four Seconds

His stomach leaps as gravity snatches him down. It should take six seconds to travel the 184 feet to the water. He feels the weight of the Earth pulling on him. As it was the weight of a failed life that pushed him over the edge. In the first second after jumping he watches the …