Short Stories

The Respaurant

“Listen, Paul…,” my boss, head chef, started with his dusty voice, knocking on the glass of my black face mask. He coughed. “You HAVE to stop wearing that respirator. It creeps the hell out of the customers.” “It keeps me safe. And it enhances my experience when I want it to. Siphoning in smells with […]

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Death License

The synthetic human speaks like sugar: “Scan your nanojack and I’ll verify the following nanodocs are accurate and legal: your full self-erasure edict, your psycho-economic evaluation of existence and establishment of termination, your disease manifesto, your multiversal security number, your portfolio of permissions, your life certificate, a top-five percentile death essay for a prestigious philosiphorium […]

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The Bell and the Banter

Every noontime, the bell of Barla boomed and the banter began. Trade and teasing trembled in the air for two hours of joviality. These Barlians were a tender, quiet people, and they could only handle so much expressive energy. The second that two hours of banter had passed, the bellboy or bellgirl struck the bell […]

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The Lever

Jelk staggered into a room, slamming the door and at the ready for foes. The only thing he saw with his magical vision in the cramped room was a copper lever in the center of the room. Jelk had been careless: he had not checked for traps. Luckily, there seemed to be none, and he […]

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The Leaf Thief

Pel Ella was born clutching a lily. Her umbilical cord was a root. Nestled in her left ear was an oblong, grey seed. Her mother was shocked of course, but she decided to plant that seed in her garden, clutching Pel Ella while digging a small hole for the seed with her right hand. Pel […]

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