The Change

The change wasn’t subtle, but abrupt; in reality, it came with no warning at all. The other wept through the invasive assaults, hiding its aggression from those nearest, embracing against the brutality, weeping harder and longer as this demon moved into the heart once filled with compassion. The mate stares with hated disbelief at what…

Servant Master

Awake again, long before need be, she begins her labors at the beckoning of the master. The sleep she desired will not be; almost, so close, but deprived from its life renewing inactivity she will work diligently to the bidding he asks. She hears the creaks of the old office chair in front of the desk…

End of Days

Many a tadpole looked up to him for guidance. The minnows not so much. He is survived by no one that we know of save for those of us who visited him daily through the glass. At death, while resting on the rocks, he gave one final nod toward the minnows he’d yet eaten, then…

It

It crouches in the shaded corner and allows itself to not be seen. Strands of tentacles inch from its rest but never quite reach the light. Its single orb arrays only its existence, no more. Behind the scenes it feeds dells and lasers; they depend upon its protecting stance from hostile adversaries. Forgotten in the soot it labors on not…

The Loner in the Darkroom

In the dark room, they all refer to him now as the loner. Everyone has a partner, save him. In the darkness it seems it would matter little, for who could see he was alone anyway, but then, there was that moniker and of course the loneliness that accompanied it. He wasn’t always by himself.…

The Enemy

The mounting paperwork on his desk takes face and mocks him as if to acknowledge the impossibility of catching up. He continues to input data, refusing to believe there is no end to this forsaken stack of invoices and delivery receipts. A shot of Crown and a couple aspirins inspire his perseverance. He processes one…

She Waits

She waits. How long has she waited? She has no idea. Time is meaningless to her and is only measured by her degree of hunger. She recognizes an increasing pain in her abdomen so she knows much time has passed. He stares into the nothingness he knows is his ceiling. Years have passed since he…