Carmichael jolted awake. Cloying, choking heat shuddered from the vents and he fumbled for the controls to turn it off. He looked around the small sedan, at the crumpled receipts, flat coke in plastic cups, and the herd of coins that had migrated across the dashboard while he’d been asleep. No David. Carmichael turned and … Continue reading Roadside Attraction
“Do you understand?” “No, not at all.” Monika sighed and leaned her head against the wall of the room they shared. Her twin looked at her, eyebrows knitted together and mouth a thin line. Mimi sighed and broke the gaze. She twirled a finger through her hair, a motion that Monika had been doing already. … Continue reading Do You Understand?
The letter was smooth in her hands, the thin membrane of plastic over her name crinkling as she fiddled with the envelope. Her father had tossed it carelessly on the counter and she had looked at it, drawn to the noise it made as if it was one of the shiny fish they pulled from … Continue reading Robot
When the dust settled into the corners of the window sills, I knew it was the first of the month. The second day was cleaning day. Our little house was cleaned from top to bottom, every surface getting a touch from the worn rag. The straw broom, missing a quarter of its bristles, made its … Continue reading When The Dust Settles
I stood stoically and watched my brothers and sisters disappear one by one. Each ripped from our grasps amidst screams and pleas to not take them, but also to not be next. We huddled in that darkened container for who knows how long, eyes turned towards the thin sliver of light that crept in under … Continue reading The Final Straw
My daddy was a solar farmer. Every other month he’d disappear spaceside to those far-off panels, leaving me with Granny in Ortsonne, our floating city. When I was younger — old enough to understand he was gone, but not old enough to realize he was coming back — I’d pine for him. Now that I’m … Continue reading Charlie