Nadara

When the Nadara walked through the Shimmer, they brought us knowledge of other worlds. They healed our sicknesses and cleaned our earth. They engendered our trust and we gave them the power to rule. But they are nothing as they first appeared. They were sent to destroy humankind. They built us up to consume us….

Tribute

“Why did you do it?” the bystander asked. The soldier answered, “We did it for John. Serving our country with pride, we left a part of ourselves in Afghanistan.”  The young man raised his prosthetic leg.  “For some of us, it’s literal.  We struggled to fit back into normal life.  John understood because he’d been there…

Too Late?

Is it too late?  Am I too old? Sasha thought while leaning against the doorframe.  Her arms crossed, she stood staring into the long-neglected music studio.  She was told she had talent, but that was a long time ago.  For years, she put her music aside.  She raised her children and had obligations that stole her…

Gondolier

Orphaned, Carlo slept in doorways.  With hat in hand, he begged for food.  “Ho fame (I’m starving).”  He hauled boxes for merchants and fished at the pier.  Scrimping, he saved enough to buy a gondola.  He enjoyed carrying passengers along the canals of Venice.  One day, a beautiful woman stepped into his boat.  They glided to…

Feathers

“They aren’t very smart, why are we watching them?” “We’ve been over this many times.” “And they are so oddly shaped too.” “Why do you care?” As the curtains dropped, the couple walked away from the window. “I don’t know …  Also, why do we have to look like this? It’s embarrassing.” “You know what the…

Justice

Visitors wander through the museum. I weave amongst them barely noticed. Only my breath against their skin. The others emerge from the deep shadows. We watch as Eden enters through the main door with a girl hanging on his arm. As we used to be, she is naïve. Eden brings all his victims here before…

Blue Fairy

Once upon a time, a farmer dug a well.  The shimmery water tasted sweet.  The farmer’s crops flourished.  One morning, a tiny blue-skinned fairy appeared on the well. She said, “I stirred magic into your water.  You must answer this riddle or I’ll take it away.  ‘Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If…

Last Plant

The ground was scorched and all plant-life died.  Arrangements were made to leave the planet.  An older couple prepared.  The wife packed what she could though not nearly everything she wanted.  She tidied her house and said goodbye.  She’d lived there since her birth.  The husband organized his beloved gardening tools, then secured the shed….

Travel Boots

Years passed in only one day.  He replaced the boots on the stone wall where he had borrowed them that morning.  He left a note for the owner: Thank you for the boots, though I didn’t ask permission.  I’m sorry for the duct tape.  They wore out a bit from miles of travel, over years…

Bright Lights

Her mama cried, her daddy begged her to stay.  But she was talented.  That’s what the man said, “I can make you famous.”  He met her at the bus station.  Excited, she asked, “When do we get to work?”  He said, “I want to show you the bright lights of the city first.”  She squealed…

Magic Forest

Juna entered the magic forest, making her way to the wizard’s cottage.  When the wizard answered the door, she pleaded, “Mama needs healing.” The wizard handed Juna a vial of Phoenix tears and said, “Have her drink this and she’ll be healed.  But, there is a cost for magic. You must return and live in…

Alone

Henry needed some peace and quiet.  Hiking through the wilderness, nature calmed him.  A colorful butterfly fluttered close. Mesmerized, he followed it off the trail and soon became lost.  The sun went down and he slept under a tree.  The next morning, Henry drank from a stream, ate Granola from his bag, and munched berries he…