Jack stabbed angrily at the controls, slammed the flight manual shut, then threw it at the panel. Was Andie seriously sitting there on the platform reading when he was about to make the most important test flight of his life, the one that would determine all of their fates? “Hey, man, take it easy on the machinery, wouldja?”…Continue Reading “Liftoff”

Emily sat alone in the hot sunlight on the pier, her feet dangling just above the surface of the water but not close enough to break it. It’s how she felt often lately, like she was on the verge of something, positioned to jump in with both feet, but unable to put even a tentative toe forward to…Continue Reading “Master of None”

“OK, last game – rack ’em up,” Cal said, “and let’s see how your hustle holds up.” He leaned coolly against the paneling in the close, dim room and chalked his cue with a deliberate eye on his opponent, studying every glance and gesture with purpose. Eddie – or The Shark, as he liked to introduce…Continue Reading “Cosmic Pool”

The relentless beep beep beep of the monitor had taunted Tom for hours now; it was more than he could bear. He buried his face in his hands attempting to hide from the truth, but the cold blue light from the screens found him like a searchlight in the dark room. How did we end up here?   He…Continue Reading “Listen”

“Ma’am, can you please answer the question.” After what had been several awkwardly silent moments, Ellen continued to stare straight ahead, unseeing – and quite obviously not hearing – anything around her. She was somewhere else entirely, oblivious to her surroundings and to the urgency of the inquiry. But Ellen knew that matters of such import…Continue Reading “Decision – A Six Sentence Story”