End Times: Civilized

It was quiet. Eilen could have said it was as quiet as a crypt. What once was a shelter against the elements of winter became a tomb in the spring. She stepped through the opening where there had once been a pair of heavy steel doors. One door hung to the side, barely held up... Continue Reading →

End Times: New Conference

There was much activity as the men entered the conference room. Information drones which were sleeping in perches near the ceiling came to life. Their red beady eyes scanned the room and they took positions and hovered facing the stage. This was not the first time Brien attended a press conference. Those conferences were for... Continue Reading →

End Times: Patriot Amendment of 2076

Section 1:  The United States is a Christian nation.  We hereby declare the religious protections of the first amendment apply only to natural born citizens who accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.  Article VI paragraph 3 of the Constitution shall henceforth read. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the... Continue Reading →

End Times: Golden Parachute

“Welcome to Rhineshire Tower. Good afternoon, Lady Rhineshire. Shall I inform your uncle and the board that you have arrived?” “Yes, you may Echo.” The egg-shaped android took a position next to and slightly behind Luanne as she walked through the sliding crystalline doors and into the marbled lobby of the tower. Normally, one could... Continue Reading →

End Times: Lots of Hot Air

“I assure you, Mr. Martin, it is a standard non-disclosure that we have every sub-contractor sign.” Brien looked up from the video tile, a portable version of a video panel, and at Director Shyinled who smiled at him. Brien responded, “If you don’t mind, Director, I would like to make sure of that myself.” The... Continue Reading →

End Times: Pink slip

“I AM WAITING FOR AN ANSWER!” Johnathan ground his teeth together in a vain effort to keep calm as the AI did not wait for an answer. It did not matter, Alfa always had a way of evoking anger in him. As normal for it, Alfa’s avatar occupied a quarter of one of his video... Continue Reading →

End Times: Omega protocol

“Please state the nature of the security emergency.” The deep voice boomed at Johnathan and he could feel his body shake. The sudden jolt shook him so much that he almost fell from his seat. He knew that Luanne gave this AI a distinctive voice. What he did not realize was how distinctive it was.... Continue Reading →

End Times: Annoying Pests

"Commander Marion, can you confirm that Rhineshire Central Security Administration is under a security lockdown?" The information drone hovered before Johnathan waiting for an answer. It interposed itself between him and the doors to the administration office. Johnathan tried to sidestep it but it swung sideways to block him. He cursed at the drone in... Continue Reading →

End Times: All Alone

The makeshift door gave a metallic scream as Eilen pushed it open. Behind it, there was a small ramp that led into darkness. She had not been in this place but Buckley, her uncle, told her that it led to some underground chambers built before the Rage. Despite his warning to the clan that it... Continue Reading →

End Times: Security Lock Down

Johnathan flew from the door of his apartment to the seat at his workstation. He needed sleep and even the Lady ordered it but, what he really needed now was some answers. The transparent video panels in his cubicle like desk came to life with a blue glow on their border without an order from... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 10

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Linda knocked on the wooden door with an opaque glass window. On a small sign next to the door, it read “West Virginia Paranormal Society.” There was no response... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 9

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Owen stood in the living room of the Wellington Farmhouse. He watched a car creep through the melting snow from the large window. The car stopped and an elderly... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 8

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. The sounds of creaking wood surrounded Grace. She could not see anything in the darkness that surrounded her. She remembered she had a flashlight in her pocket and turned... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 6

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. “Agent Rodriguez! You need to see this!” Owen shouted from the basement of the Wellington farmhouse. Mara did not answer but the sound of her footfalls on the floor... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 4

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. When Owen and Mara arrived at Griswold Wilson’s address, they found a half dozen police cruisers and an ambulance parked in front of the residence. Mara found an open... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 1

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Somewhere on the interstate highway in West Virginia, Owen sat in a black sedan that cruised towards Charleston. They passed through Morgantown and were heading south. It would be... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Hold My Beer

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. (October 22, 2016) A gray older model truck slowly navigated down a forgotten gravel road somewhere in southern West Virginia. The vehicle groaned and creaked as its dented and... Continue Reading →

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