The Reef

Gene, Darin, and Lonnie leaped into the ocean, flippered feet first; the warm, cerulean water splashed and rippled around them under the Hawaiian sun. "Let's get our snorkel on!" Lonnie said, situating his mask and mouthpiece. "Lead the way, captain," Gene said, readying his GoPro camera. "The coral reefs out here are supposed to be... Continue Reading →

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 →

The Eldritch Queen

The entire neighborhood resented the Daytons on Preston Place. Sure, Sam and Roberta Dayton had been living in Willow Brook Estates longer than anyone else, but did that give them the right to adorn their lawn with that terrible sculpture? The Reardons across the street had named her "The Eldritch Queen," with her blank stone... 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 →

Koi

"Well, well, well... if it ain't the pee-pee brothers! You guys mess your pants? Running home to your mommy to change your Underoos?" Peter and Philip Price turned to see their childhood tormentor, Trey Coleman, fondling a nerf football in his greasy hands and giving them a menacing stare that said: What? What are you gonna... 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 →

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