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“What seems to be the problem, Officer?” I ask. “License and registration, sir,” he grumbles. I hand him the papers and note that the officer has a lot of hair on his hands and his breath is foul. I bring my hand up to my face to...

I woke up dreaming of gold, which was weird, because I normally crave coffee. I swing my legs to the side of the bed and was shocked to fall flat on the floor. Who made this bed taller while I slept? I stumbled to the...

“Is this Douglas Langille?” “Yes, it is. How did you know? I called you?” “Good. We’ve been expecting your call. Pack a small bag. You have 15 minutes.” “What the hell is going on?” “The agents will explain. Hurry, Mr. Langille. You’re in danger.” “I will do no such thing....

Eric thought his day would never end. Mr. Farnsworth kept him late working on that miserable laundromat account. How, in God’s Green Garden, did anyone expect to salvage a chain that catered to dying neighborhoods? He called his wife, Grace, who was more than a...

The Allfather’s daughter, shame of Asgard, fled the Great Hall and made her way through the wood to the cliff-side. There, she gathered her furs about her shoulders and waited. Brynhildr wiped her tears away and closed her eyes to the wind off the...

We’re not made for this damp shit and neither is our tech, thought Gil. What is it, 325 Kelvin? He took his smart-helmet off and leaned forward with his hands on his knees, the sweat pouring off his brow, adding to the soupy brackish swamp....

Hugh pressed the ‘check mail’ button again and the little closed envelop popped up, taunting him with its secrets. ‘Everything you know is a lie,’ read the subject line. He popped his head above the cube-farm wall and saw nothing but the tops of heads; the...

School wasn’t working for me. Three years in and I crashed and burned, my high school ambitions laid to waste. Despite my so-called potential, I wasn’t cut out to be a doctor. My heart wasn’t in it and I was lazy. In many ways, I...

Everything was going according to plan. Everyone had their roles to play. Amy was dealing and Scott was running the table, losing just enough to keep the eye-in-the-sky at bay. Just the same, Billie became increasingly nervous. The pit boss had taken an interest in...

Archie winced and swallowed. The beer tasted watery and flat. Ever since Pop died, this place wasn’t the same. Jug tried hard, but he didn’t have the mind for business. “Sorry ‘bout that, Arch. Listen, this one is on the house.” Jughead set a tumbler reeking of...

Ellen loved her brother, of that there was no doubt. He worked hard to provide for his kids despite the long hours threatening to destroy his marriage to Kate. Gary tried and Auntie Ellen was always there to pitch in with the boys. She scraped at...

I should have trusted my instincts. The girl, calling herself Haley, possessed a wild look about her. Despite the frame of a teenage girl, Haley put out the vibe that she was no kid. The town where my van finally gave up the ghost wasn’t much...