Divine Thief Eliza looked up, droplets of rain falling on her nose. They slid down her cheeks and hung to her chin before dropping to soil her sandals. The Gods are crying, she realized. They would burn the figures today and the Four would be banished from Silver Harbor. Forever.
She walked through the Divine District as the rain got stronger and thunder began to roar in the distance. When she saw the Cathedral tower in the distance, she darted into the nearest alleyway, making sure no one was watching her. She took deep breaths, trying to get her hands to stop shaking. When you take that step inside the Cathedral, you become a criminal. Eliza looked around once more before she casted the spell. "Dro'gar," she whispered, so low she wasn't even sure the spell would complete. But then she saw her hands dissolve, and there was the rain patting on the ground before her. Eliza was invisible.
The rain stopped her from walking out in t
Escaping the Circus She show had just started when I decided to run away.
”Welcome to Circus Aries grand performance!” the Headmaster was announcing inside the tent. And though I was supposed to be watching the animals while the show was going on, no one was watching me.
”Take care of the bloody animals, and make sure they don't run away. No one must spoil our performance, understood boy?” The Headmaster had warned as he cracked his whip, making me flinch.
No more. The horses whickered as I walked past them, all but one. Lola had always been my favorite, the only horse that didn't despise my guts. I fed her a carrot before letting her out, shush'ing her as we walked out the stable. No one will notice we're gone until the show is over, and by then I'll be miles away.
”What do you think you're doing, boy?” The master of elephants was standing before me in his black
Daddy Came Back ”Look, it's Daddy. He came back!” Bill screamed, running to get his mother. He tugged her sleeve and urged her outside. It was true. Out there was a man who resembled Bill's father perfectly. His beard may be a bit fuzzier than it used to be and his clothes a bit more torn, but his smile sure looked the same as it had when Ann married him.
You died years ago. We buried you.
”Daddy!” Bill ran towards the man, hugging his leg. ”You're back. You came back!”
”I sure did, my friend.” The man sat down to fuzz Bill's hair. You're not him.
”Bill get away from that man.” There was fear in Ann's voice. John died two years ago in a traffic accident. She'd seen the body herself. She'd closed his eyes. This was not the man she'd once loved.
”Ann.” A shiver went through her body as the m
The Death of A World Hundreds of thousands had come to watch the death of Endema. The ship was filled with noise and music from on end to another. The richer had luxurious rooms on the top floor with close-up video of the planet, while the poor scrammed for room beneath. It was a haven for thieves as most were far too concerned with watching the planet than their wallets.
Frazier had been put in the middle of everything. In his polo and cowboy pants he looked like just another fool come to watch the blinding lights of Endema imploding. He'd act like one, too. Frazier had even bought himself a hot dog. It lay sloppily in his hand, dripping ketchup on his newly polished shoes.
"Ten minutes until decimation," a speaker announced. The shields were booting up as Astral Dancer prepared for the explosion of another planet. It would weigh down their shields so much that they would need replacement afterwards. About eight hundred million in total the nigh
The Boy and The Bull The sun was setting as William Walker decided to confront The Bull.
"He's been drinking all night," Will said to his friends, feeling clever. "Look at how he sways, struggling to keep his eyes open. He's drunk and tired. The Bull's getting old, boys. That thousand will be mine."
"You're out of your mind," his friends might have said, but the town was in much need of some excitement. Besides, Will wasn't exactly the prize friend. He might have won a few lucky games at the casino and bought a few rounds, but apart from that he wasn't much fun. His death wouldn't do much difference, so they let him do it.
It's a shame no one's thought about this before, Will thought to himself. Many had tried to cash in those thousand dollars, but none had succeeded. In the end, The Bull wasn't deemed worth the trouble. But waiting til' he's drunk, that would make him an easy kill. Dead or alive, Will Walker thought.
Charred First it smoked so you think he'd felt cold and lighted the fireplace. But it was July, and warmth was in the air. Then the house started burning, suddenly and violently. The roof fell apart and crashed into the foundation and the walls charred and cracked.
It's all made of wood, he realized. Another thing that makes this house bad. He wasn't smiling. But though the house homed so much pain for him, he'd never stopped to think about the good things.
When his father wasn't hitting him, they would play. Sometimes they would play cowboys and Indians and he would always be the cowboy. Father would let him win and fake a death as he shot him in the chest. Other times, he would make pancakes for them all. He remembered the smell distinctly, sweetness filling the entire house from top to bottom. Slightly burnt, but tasty nonetheless. He would bury them in sugar and Mother would laugh. "All that sugar isn't good for you," s
You'll Be Gone I found you in the gutter, choking on your own puke. The Jack & Daniels in your hand was empty, whatever remaining before you passed out washed away on the street in the rain. You were pale and wet and you were crying. But not for the first time that day.
You were sobbing into your cup as I entered the bar. "So you've heard," I said. I was just sobering up myself, but you brought back the feelings and I ordered another drink.
"It's funny," you said as you brushed a lock of hair behind your ear. "I've known Elvis for so many years now, and he's never noticed me even once." I dried a tear off your chin while you sobbed. "I saw him on the Red, Hot and Blue show all that time ago and fell in love with him on sight. I remember the day very precisely, that July fifth where he published his first single. There I was in the front of the line, buying it with eager. I listened to it all day, never got sick of it even once. He was my
Growing Up "We all did it. Every one of us." The men were gathering closer around him, forming a circle around the ritual stone. There was no escape for Kyan. He would have to do this, or he would get beaten for the rest of his life. Butterfly, they would call him as they kicked. Kyan had seen it happen before, to other cravens. And still, he couldn't help but wonder.
"Why do I have to do this? What does this have to do with being a man?"
One of the newly found men walked forward, staring down on Kyan. Just an hour ago, he had been Mirek the boy, Kyan's own friend. Now he was Kyan's elder. He still smelled of burned flesh. "It shows that pain means nothing to you. A man should not be guided by his boyish feelings, he should devote his life to obeying the Great Above. Are you scared, Kyan? Maybe you should rather be by the girls, crafting your woman's necklace." He laughed and the others joined in, mockingly.
I Didn't Do It They come to get me at noon. 12:00. On the dot. I didn't do it.
"James McClair?" one of them say.
"I didn't do it!" I blurt. I want to give them the evidence, tell them all about it. Maybe then they would just leave me here in my cell to sleep. But I can't. All I can say is "I didn't do it."
"That's not for us to decide. Come on," the other man says. He opens the prison cell and I try to make a run for it, but stumble and fall on the ground. I think I'm bleeding. They have to carry me away.
It's not like I don't see why they think I did it. After all, my friends saw me walk away from the party that night with the boy. But he was drunk, far too drunk to think. I tried to get him home, I really did. And I will tell the jury. About how he said "I'm sorry, James. For all I did." About how he grabbed the gun and shot himself, falling backwards into the river. I'll tell them everyth