Better Than Perfect

Author: Patrick Hueller Peter cinches his only tie, pushes the bathroom door open, and there Laine is: standing in their bedroom, trembling with excitement. He’s never gotten used to seeing her tremble. He’s never gotten tired of it, either. For a moment they stand ...

The Wales of Whales

Author: Joachim Heijndermans “And thus concludes this portion of our tour,” said Theo to his group. “If there aren't any further questions, I suggest we all sit down for lunch and--,” He stopped when he saw that one of the Lidilian tourists in the back had raised his ...

The Goalposts of Every Y

Author: Mark Joseph Kevlock I remember a day I hadn't remembered. I stood in the field, at the edge of where the woods began. Childhood came through the trees with the morning sunlight, at just the right angle to trigger longing -- an overwhelming desire for uncluttered ...

Ocean’s 15 Trillion

Author: DJ Lunan President Nugrubyev looked deep into the lens of the RTV and BBC cameras and smiled broadly. He caught his image in a control monitor. All those hours with his hot voice coach, body language course and hours aping De Niro in front of his wife’s mirror, ...

The Thought

Author: Kaelen I’m tired, yet I can not sleep. Of course, sleep is not something I need or can even do, but I do enjoy taking quick naps, as I call them. Getting disconnected for short periods enlightens me to new pathways and new directions I can explore. I am ...

Unexpected Beginnings

Author: Jeff Mauser They peered through the small site-port of their shuttle in astonishment. Their small ship had been designed for docking purposes only, not for landing on a planet. The sky was becoming dark, the Blue Giant sun was setting, following the Red Dwarf that ...

Call Me Monday

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer That leaden feeling in your gut as you trudge from transport to entrance. The warmth of the lift buttons under your fingertips. Those shooting pains in your head as Maxine punctuates a story of her weekend with piercing giggles. Your ...

Me, Myself, and I

Author: Rollin T. Gentry I'd heard stories about my doppelganger for over a month, but I'd never seen him. My supervisor saw this guy singing in her church choir. The geek two cubicles over saw him in the coffee shop. The lady running the cash register in the cafeteria ...

The Night Martian

Author: Hari Navarro The Martian, he creeps through my window and sits on my chest whilst his steed it looks on with eyes swollen and glazed. Eyes whose voyeuristic bulge look set now to split and ooze their shimmering vitreous down upon the taunting rhythm of his billowing ...

Sowing Season

Author: Colin Lubner The year is 2296, and she’s doing that thing, with her knuckle. She doesn’t bite down, but she sucks on it, you know, so her bottom lip’s lipstick makes a little top lip on the inside of her right index finger. This finger not-biting is her thing, ...

The Tunnel

Author: Ken Carlson I was scrambling around my apartment for my shoes. How does anyone lose his only decent shoes in a suburban studio apartment? That’s what Deanna would have asked before she walked out. How does anyone lose his shoes, lose his keys, lose his job, just ...

Coffee and the Fate of the World

Author: Mina - “Mind if I sit here?” - “Go ahead,” I mumble as I look up. Then do a double take. Hey, this guy is gorgeous. I look around the small café and I see that there is nowhere else to sit. Figures. This guy is sooo way out of my league, he can’t be trying to chat ...

To Die For

Author: Leanne A. Styles Tim spat and wiped his mouth with his sleeve, but the metallic tang of blood lingered. The memory of the hot crimson spray, spurting into his mouth, flashed in his mind. He glanced down at his shirt, suddenly aware of the damp chill down his front. ...

The Folding Hack

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Erik heard them in the lobby, dividing up the elevators and the stairwells. He owned the building's cameras and their audio. The Situation Commander barked orders. Under no circumstances was the hacker known as 'HvnSvn' to be allowed to ...

Migration

Author: Kim Kneen Recently I have taken to sitting at portholes. I angle myself so I can see my reflection; reach out as if to clutch a hand or stroke a cheek. I choose remote locations where Gala can’t find me and remain as long as I dare. My eyes ache from focusing on ...

Whiteness

Author: Ajith S Nair It was a Friday and in Saudi Arabia, Friday is a holiday for most people. I just got home after finishing the night shift. I am not supposed to be back for work until Monday night. Though I was tired sleep eluded me. I turned the TV on to see if there ...

Mistaken Identity

Author: Mina I don’t know how I came to be. I only know that I am the only one here now. Immortality is not all it’s cut out to be. Not when you are alone in the vastness of space and time. The others like me have chosen to travel beyond my reach – either by disappearing ...

A Ripple in the Fractal Pattern

Author: David Henson The table is still set, and one of the plates is untouched— baked cod, peas, potatoes. Cold. Ruined. I was so upset at work, I forgot to call and tell Helen I wouldn't be home for dinner. I hurry upstairs and find the bedroom door locked. “Helen, I'm ...

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