Forever After

"Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess who met a handsome prince." For Suzie, visiting Gramma's house is a special treat. Gramma never travels: Daddy says she's been shut-in since the Reagan administration. But she and Suzie always have a smile for each other. "One moonlit night, as spring lingered in the air,... Continue Reading →

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The Night Princess

When Minuella was a child, her summer days were spent laboring in the fields and tending livestock. At night she lay upon her straw mattress, with her cat Sareel curled up next to her, as Grandfather told tales of faraway lands and great kingdoms. Grandfather's stories were the only wealth left to the family: they... Continue Reading →

Come to Grief

"I love you." "You're only saying that because I almost killed you." Zara pulled her hand away from the glass panel, and the crimson circle that would terminate his life support. Paralyzed below the neck, the man in the biomedical bed tilted his head toward Zara. "Please... daughter. By law and custom, as my sole... Continue Reading →

Farm of the Future

Written for Flash! Friday vol. 3-26. The prompt is to have a farmer protagonist, along with this CC2.0 photo by Brian (Ziggy) Liloia. In the earliest days of humankind, primitive farming relied on good fortune and favorable weather. Families toiled in dusty fields under the harsh sun to scrape by. My colleagues and I stride... Continue Reading →

The Building Blocks of Victory

Written for Flash! Friday vol. 3-25. The prompt was to write on the theme of defeat, along with this CC2.0 photo by the National Parks Service. A great statue waited in perpetual incompletion. Mikey gazed teary-eyed at the construction zone, as silent as the other miniature figures looking on. The building blocks of the pedestal... Continue Reading →

Hotter than the Sun

Another day of the A-to-Z Challenge! H is for heat-ray. In The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells, the Martian invaders use a heat-ray against helpless Earthlings. Heat-rays, along with death rays, ray guns, blasters, beam guns, and zappers were common in science fiction long before the real-world invention of the laser. "What's in... Continue Reading →

Runaways on Hope Street

“Tell me it again, Rudder. About the Moon.” Roderick embraced his kid sister, for warmth as much as affection. The wind ripped straight through his ratty coat. “They’s a huge castle up there on the Moon. Bigger even than this factory. But clean, ’cause the Man in the Moon has hundreds of servants to scrub away the grime.”

Post-Op Hypnopomp

Written for Flash! Friday vol. 2-44. This week's prompt was surgery, along with the photo prompt shown. Clowns are the worst. Been in just about every hospital on the East Coast. Had more surgeries than birthdays; seen lots of recovery rooms. Garish painted faces caper. Oblivious to my bemusement. Paintings. They're just paintings. I close... Continue Reading →

Ran-Ran and the Tall People

Written for Chuck Wendig's A Story in Three Sentences challenge. Public domain photo from Pixabay. Ran-Ran huffed at being forced to participate in the Tall People's ritual, but obeyed, lest they grow angry. Departing tearful Sally and her Dalmatian, Ran-Ran journeyed past the City of Color Block Skyscrapers, through the fields where Farmer MacDonald's cows... Continue Reading →

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