Trembling Aspen

Anyone who'd spent the last decade of their life felling trees in the Canadian wilderness would find the forest familiar; to Calvin Ross, it was as comfortable as sipping hot coffee in his favorite recliner. Yet as the fog rolled in and dusk gave way to night's heavy hand, Calvin's spirit filled with trepidation. She... Continue Reading →

A Date for the Ages

Zach Dennis escorted his date to their table, discreetly wiping sweaty palms on the back of his gray slacks. He had never been so enamored by a woman, nor desperate for someone's approval. She had suggested the restaurant, and it was dark, foreign, yet elegant - as was she. Sorina's eyes were dark pools glinting... Continue Reading →

The Gallery

Quentin sauntered through the museum alone, taking a serpentine path through crowds of people all thoroughly more interested than he. A vibrant red Cardinals hat sat over dark locks of unkempt, thinning hair; he told his girlfriend, Lila, it would make it easier to spot him in the crowd. He found any museums boring, but... Continue Reading →

Off the Rails

Colton Pike and Tobias Kessler strolled down the train tracks using the rails as balance beams. The air was still and warm, the sun getting low at their backs, sending their shadows sprawling out ahead of them. "How long are we gonna walk on the tracks?" Tobias said, looking over at his best friend as... Continue Reading →

The Well

"You shouldn't have brought me down here, Mark. I'm scared!" "You said you wanted to be a Goonie, remember? Don't worry. I'm sure there's another way out," Mark said, ruffling Sean's dark hair in the murk. Mark stared up at the peephole of daylight far above. He pulled the dangling walnut totem from beneath his... Continue Reading →

The Crow’s Portent

Jarrett Bernier sat at his kitchen table, nursing his first cup of coffee, sighed, and put down his iPad. The headlines were a vacuum in which Jarrett's hope could not survive, and he couldn't take any more bad news. The pandemic was still in full swing, and he had yet to find a new job... Continue Reading →

Bent

"Dare," Melanie replied. Sarah looked at me with a sly smirk, then pulled the comic from her backpack and passed it to her. "The ritual is on page thirteen. Good luck." Melanie cautiously grabbed the battered comic, looking around at us suspiciously. "Bent?" she said, reading the cover. "You are daring me to do something... Continue Reading →

The Jar

When I was a young boy, I could spend hours looking at the sky, wrapt in awe, wonder suffusing me from head to toe; I never wanted to look away, especially on those clear cloudless nights when the heavens were so brilliant the stardust seemed to fall down and tickle my nose.One night, I took... Continue Reading →

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