This story takes place in the same universe as Time Remaining, With New Eyes, Hands of the Creators, and Trees of Knowledge. “I’ll never get used to these wetsuits.” Stavros stopped walking and sat down on a rock. “They’re a technological marvel,” he said. “Impervious to compromise, they say.” Iskander snorted. “Yeah. ‘They Say.’ They say a lot of things.” Stavros seized his friend by … Continue reading Reunions

Hole Goats

Plumber comes out of the bathroom, toolbox in hand. “Well?” “You’re all set,” says the plumber. “Now that you’ll be feeding the big guy again, I don’t ‘spect he should give you any more problems.” “Feeding? Feeding who?” Plumber narrows his eyes. “You don’t know? Know what? Plumber sighs. “Some of these old places out here, they were built back before the current sewer system … Continue reading Hole Goats

Time Remaining: nine years, five months and twenty-two days

Why’d they have to tell us? Why couldn’t they have just done whatever it is they’re planning to do without clueing us in a decade beforehand? All of the world’s ten-year-olds are going to grow up living under a black cloud of impending doom. To these kids, it’s the age of YOLO, and who can blame them? They have no future, and that’s not even … Continue reading Time Remaining: nine years, five months and twenty-two days

A Murder

“Look at this,” said Owen, pointing at his feet. “Same welcome mat, all these years later.” He chuckled and shook his head, a shooting star of a lopsided grin flickering across his face for a brief moment before vanishing back into darkness. “Are you seeing what I’m pointing at? Did you even look?” Liz’s eyeballs popped up above the frames of her obnoxiously big sunglasses … Continue reading A Murder