The Once Pristine Valley

Sharambali shook her head. Her vision doubled then doubled again. She closed her eyes and inhaled deeply and clenched her body and will against the twin waves of pain and nausea. She dropped to one knee, her blood pounding in her ears.  After a few minutes, her heart slowed. She tried to slow it further… Continue reading The Once Pristine Valley

Water and Weighted Pockets

Esmerelda Lee planned her suicide with the meticulous attention to detail so many of her teachers and friends and parents of friends — along with her own parents, of course — had commented on so many times in the course of her eighteen years. Seemed to Esmerelda it was the only thing about her they had noticed. To make… Continue reading Water and Weighted Pockets

Snails and Magic Mushrooms

Paul Emmets wasn’t what you would call dedicated, but he was reliably on time, which was sufficient to secure employment as a receptionist at the Menendez Library’s Rare Book Room through the end of the semester, which was the longest planning horizon Paul cared to contemplate. At 1 PM sharp he bumped fists with Lexi,… Continue reading Snails and Magic Mushrooms

Edmund, Fitz, and Gordon

Gordon Morris sat at the kitchen table, cracked a Dale’s Pale Ale, and grinned at the stand-off taking place on the far side of the kitchen. Edmund, the family’s pet duck, stood erect with his wings held wide and his emerald-green head weaving menacingly from side to side. Fitz, their yearling golden retriever, looked from… Continue reading Edmund, Fitz, and Gordon

The Most Perfect Thing

Rapp nipped at his flask, felt the burn, and then exhaled, let the night wind suck the sotol fumes out the passenger window of his flare-side Chevy and into the desert. He hit the flask again, wondered if it was still the desert outside his window or just Phoenix. Saguaros stuffed into pots in the… Continue reading The Most Perfect Thing

Pigs, Possums, and Hot Dogs

It looked like a pig crossed with a possum. Or an extra-snouty armadillo stripped of its shell. The bottom of the hot-dog cart pressed its long, donkey-like ears to its back.  Shifting tones of neon, brake lights, and turn signals washed against its straggly brown fur and its long, rat-like tail as the creature licked… Continue reading Pigs, Possums, and Hot Dogs

A Gift from the Mountain

Daniel couldn’t see the summit, couldn’t see his back trail. He could see wet bunch grass and agave and rain-slicked rocks. Clouds and mist shrouded everything else, including the summit of Mount Tlaloc.  Daniel sighed and turned his feet downhill.  Several steps later, darkness loomed — a wall of rock thrusting upward out of the side of… Continue reading A Gift from the Mountain

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Working Loki’s Telescope

Transcript of Asgard Data Vault Item Access #AI5893–129FJ (Audio) You got that thing turned on this time? Yes, the recorder is on. Please describe the incident that preceded the disappearance of Thor and Loki from this Hall. I already told you what happened. You fucked up the recording and now we’re doing it again. As… Continue reading Working Loki’s Telescope