The Neighbor We Love to Hate

The Neighbor We Love to Hate The two women watched the old man lounging in his front yard amid heaps of dirty snow. “Why won’t he leave?” one said. “He’s hurting property values.” “Right? Do you know he destroyed all my flowers last night?” “You sure?” “Who else would it be?” “He should retire to…

Water is Self

Water is Self Olivia stepped into the small restaurant, letting the sound of Korean conversation wash over her. Everything was so wonderfully exotic. Finally, after years of planning she had made it to Korea. COVID had given her plenty of time to do her research. She had always loved K-pop and she devoured every new…

Shy Pain

Shy Pain There are many kinds of pain. There are the small angry pains of a papercut and the dull, lumbering pain of sore muscles after walking home when your mom forgets to pick you up from school again. Pains also live in different places. The pain that happily splashes around in a pot of…

Stealth Mission: Home Edition

My parents keep a strict curfew. I have to be home by 10 pm or I’ll be grounded for a week. They’ve made this rule very clear, and I am well aware of it. But the truth is, I almost never follow it. This would be terrible for me and my social life except that…

Peril Squad 2: The Lost City of Harhenam

A special thank you to Henry, Amelia, and Harriet Symons for help in creating and staging the sets for this story. Synopsis: The Peril Squad are on a mission to find a soldier who deserted and set up his own kingdom in the jungle. Read Part 1 here. Peril Squad 2: The Lost City of…

Peril Squad: The Beginning

Peril Squad: The Beginning Peril Squad began in the government organization SAP (Secret Adventure Protocol) because of a computer glitch. A member of the IT department was writing a program to email everyone the daily lunch menu and accidentally sent an email to three operatives and offered them a job. The first was Tatiana Cotton,…

Breakfast at All-Size Inn

Breakfast at All-Size Inn Jasmine had worked at six motels, hotels, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts in her career. Breakfast had always been easy: you put out the stuff and people came and ate the stuff and if the stuff ran low, you refilled the stuff. It was a bit different at All-Size Inn. Not only did…

Fire Drill, COVID-Style

Fire Drill, COVID-Style “Just because things aren’t actually ‘normal’ right now, doesn’t mean we’re going to jeopardize your safety,” the principal’s voice said over the speaker. He had the desperately forced cheerfulness of a man who has said “Six weeks from now, tops” for over a year and counting. “Remember, if we change even one…

First Day of Ghoul

First Day of Ghoul It was the first day of ghoul and three little monsters waited for the ghoul bus. “This is going to be awesome!” said Pucky, the little red one said. “I’m going to eat a basketball on the first day.” “I’m going to eat five basketballs,” the tall blue one said. Her…