Dreams of Cloudbase

Connie Cullen had dreams. Dreams dashed upon the rocks. The same rocks that shattered her spine, leaving her ‘confined’ to her wheelchair. Confined is not a word by which she wished to be defined. Her dream was to be unbound by everything that dragged her down. Unbound by the force of gravity, set free to touch the sky. Quite simply, she had dreams to fly.   Irv and Mary Sobel are an extraordinary loving couple. Irv had one first love however, a love he nurtured from the age of five. …

The Farm

The great western desert stretched from horizon to horizon. Its dust filled the air. It filled Dustin’s lungs, and stung his eyes. Charred remnants of the giants that once inhabited this land now covered in dust. It was not a desert of sand, but a desert of ash and dust.  Sequoia. That was what these giants were called. In the end nothing more than kindling for the infernos.    The desert landscape was not one of great dunes, it was a mix of blackened chimneys, and melted metal. Cars. He …

The Law Of The Land

They call me a devil, demon and traitor, just for doing my job. They believe I owe them allegiance due to sharing a common DNA link. Ancestral entanglements that make up less than 1/16th of my blood. It’s not enough connection to be recognized as a member of the tribe. Why should I be bound by their laws, and not the laws I spent the last decade bending to my will? Isn’t that what a good lawyer does? Argue the law on behalf of the client?    The client of …

The Dumpster King

We have all heard the stories about the babies left in dumpsters. Mothers giving birth in the bathroom at the prom. These stories are all too common. We think, “oh that’s horrible, who would do that to a baby?” By the next commercial break we are forgotten. I say ‘we’ because my friends and I are those forgotten and abandoned. Sasha, she was the youngest, I found her myself, not in a cliche dumpster, abandoned in the garbage nonetheless. As the eldest of our group, I was out on a …

Tokoloshe the Tormentor

    “Father, Engai shines his light upon you, wake, the cattle await, as does teacher. Wake up! Wake up! We must go.” It was Mutunzi who spoke, his sister Wanana clung shyly to his side. School began today. “Babu, babu, grandfather you wake up too” he called out next. Mutunzi beamed with pride, while Wanana clung to her brother nervously. Their baba was proud too. As was his baba, their babu. The same babu who appeared in the doorway.       Babu Keitan was their babu but was also their …

Professor Now

Work was boring today, as it has been on so many days. Killing time. That’s what we call it when we just do anything, waiting for something more extraordinary to occur. The humdrum spaces we fill with meaningless activities. Staring out the window, watching the clouds go by. Watching the motionless one stand statue stiff, staring at nothing. I have watched him for weeks, as people walk right past as if he were not even there. Sure, they stepped around him, sometimes eyed darted his way, then quickly averted. However, …

Eve’s Wisdom and Truth

    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And that is what we know, or believe, or maybe we choose to believe something else. That, however, is what happened. The rest from there remains less clear. Next god created the animals and the people. Which came first, and who was made from what, has been a matter of debate. There was a man, there was a woman, they did all the things men and women do. Eventually their natural interactions lead to me, and to you. There …

One Step Out Of Time

They say no one knows what awaits us beyond death’s door, but I do, I have been there and returned. Sure, every religion has its version, reincarnation, pearly gates and molten lakes, and I do believe each has a simple basic answer for the unfathomable question. The question of why, the big why, the why do we live, why do we die, why. Six feet under is the place to wonder, did I live up to my own personal why? Did I give my life purpose? While you remain above …

World in flames

It’s very hard to think about eating when you are the food. It’s hard to imagine that mankind, of which I am one of them, one of the remaining, went from the apex to the vertex of the food pyramid. It’s even harder to imagine, when the hell we now live in, was the fantasy creation of someone I knew almost all my life. I remember when I went to live with her, well, them, at just about 13, Bird, and her brother would chase down and catch various insects, …

Parted at death

Thuwump what was that? Wait, what was that? There it is again? Thuwump terror set in, immediately followed by a howling screeching gasp that echoed. The sound alone was terrifying, but with it came more new experiences that only made the current situation more confusing. Thuwump thuwump Thuwump increasing in frequency even as they faded in volume, at least compared to the gasping and wretched sounds of unmistakable terror. It was close, too close, but then again everything felt too close. Trapped with whatever inconceivable horror might be making those …