There was a sudden thump. A human silhouette was plastered against the steaming shower door. Snoggle raised his head wearily, letting his fingers splay on the tile floor. The water ran little rivers down his angular back. “I told you,” he said. “You can’t scare me.” There was an audible sigh. The silhouette slumped. “It’sContinue reading “Nice Human”
It’s the Eyes (99 Words) There was no mistaking her pursed lips. It was always dangerous when she frowned at her own work. But for the last week, Annie hadn’t looked at her sketchbook any other way. He asked what was the matter. It was an innocent question. He didn’t expect to be confronted withContinue reading “It’s the Eyes”
Dragon Town (348 Words) For more than fifty years, every morning at eight o’ clock, Erin O’Lay had taken the dinghy around to see the dragon’s head. For much more time than that the dragon had floated on the great deep of a blue ocean. The sun had not set for some time, and whileContinue reading “Dragon Town”
Undercover (200 Words) Casey sat with all the faded dignity of a self-crowned queen, her arm resting on the back of her plastic chair, her hat set back on her forehead at a jaunty angle. Aryn set the plate of fries and cheese in front of her with a care that was too deliberate toContinue reading “Undercover”
One Last Loop (185 Words) Jane stood on the sidewalk outside her apartment. The morning air was humid, warming. It felt strange to be standing there. But after everything that had happened she had no choice but to go. It had been quite the adventure and the revelation of a dragon living in theContinue reading “One Last Loop”
The Clock (81 Words) Were I the motion, hammer of the mind I should by motion my free thought express— And through the idle moments left in wind Would meter action to a timed distress.
Midnight Song (53 Words) Farewell, my friend, a new day’s come, With midnight so must I be gone, Like specter to his lonely grave, Now bedward go we, saints and knaves.
One of These Days (53 Words) One of these days I’m gonna fall in love— Just you wait and see. One of these days I’ll find something —someone— Waiting just for me!
Mr. and Mrs. Poe (369 Words) “I think if you are rare,” said Mrs. Poe, “you must be a criminal.” Mr. Poe was not mollified. The truth of the matter is, compliments from loved ones are too often like pennies in the hand of a beggar. We take them for granted and dismiss them asContinue reading “Mr. and Mrs. Poe”
The Intelligence Plan (679 Words) “Miss me?” he said, and kissed her. It was a firm kiss, soft but passionate. His hands at her elbows were not confining but relaxed. It would have been simple to translate his laxness as overconfidence, but there was something in his expression that warned Li otherwise. And she couldn’tContinue reading “The Intelligence Plan”