Nocturnal Theater by Diana Rosen

I only knew the daytime Genevieve, the one in loose-fitting pastel housedresses, hair askew, face plain, an old but pretty woman. Her natural platinum blonde hair had faded into a blondish gray, her lashes a pale shadow over her still-vivid blue eyes, her smile bright with faintly yellow teeth shining with self-care and good health.... Continue Reading →

Gardenia by Leah Erickson

In her old life, her eyes would have been anxiously scanning the room, searching for flaws. Was there enough food? Were the flowers fresh enough? Were the guests having a good time? But the guests were happy. The place was buzzing with conversation, laughter, and exclamations of the beauty that surrounded them. And, for the... Continue Reading →

By the Dogwood Tree by Chelsea Thornton

The desire to breathe was strong, but the instinct to survive was stronger. Floodwaters rushed all around him, distorting his sense of direction. He was unaware of how long he had been under, but the yearning for air was agonizing. The water was crushing, the pressure reaching his aching lungs. Panic clouded his mind. His... Continue Reading →

Preet’s Song by Steve Carr

She swam at the bottom of the great sea far longer than many of the other creatures who had already crawled out onto the sands that bordered the land masses, journeyed into the vast jungles, and then evolved into a large number of diverse creatures. She alone had been given a gift from The Great... Continue Reading →

The Bampire by Eva Schultz

 Elizabeth gripped her iced coffee and braced a hand against the back of the seat in front of her as the night bus squealed to a stop. She hated sitting so close to the front – her chest prickled with fear when she couldn’t see who was seated behind her. But the overhead light in... Continue Reading →

The Appointment by Tobias Maxwell

The stink from Jim’s armpit brought him out of his half-dream state.  Its unpleasantness made him hunker down towards the foot of his bed, when what he really wanted was to soar above the stalemate of his musty sheets. But, this way, everything fit, including the sensation of being locked away in a cocoon of... Continue Reading →

A Free Man by James White

Waiting for takeoff instructions at the end of runway 31, Pete Canter strummed his fingers on the vibrating control wheel. After five minutes, the aircraft controller at the Palo Alto airport answered with, "Learjet niner three bravo clear for takeoff. Maintain runway heading to twelve thousand feet." "Roger, twelve thousand," Pete replied as he moved... Continue Reading →

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