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Defy Me

“You’re right,” she says softly. “maybe this is cruel. Maybe it would’ve been kinder to simply let you die. But this isn’t about you, Ella. This is about me. And right now,” she says, stroking my hair, “this is what... Continue Reading →

If the world was ending…part viii

Seven minutes. Seven. Minutes. Seven minutes since Seth and Mr. Hammond slipped from the car and into the dark. Anna and Mrs. Hammond had talked, whispering into the dark and increasingly cold of truck. Anna wrapped arms around herself. Seth... Continue Reading →

Electric Idol

She wears a mask. It's a great disguise since no one looks beneath. No one truly bothers. Psyche goes through life like nothing, or no one bothers her. That is until one act of kindness upends her social media influencer... Continue Reading →

If the world was ending…part vii

The cold wrapped around him like a blanket, stealing his warmth. His breath. His father was on his left, his footsteps quiet on the ground. He darted glances at his father. Derek Benard Hammond was a tall man. The youngest... Continue Reading →

If the world was ending…part vi

Quiet. Being in a car without radio was so quiet. No more fights over the aux cord. No more scanning stations. No more streaming apps. Those days were over or nearly over. Her cell phone still had a full battery... Continue Reading →

if the world was ending…part v

He found Anna in her apartment, the last of the bags beside her. Her face was somber. She spoke without turning. “You know,” she said. “I picked every piece that went into this place. It was a point of personal... Continue Reading →

The Sweetest Oblivion (Made)

Sweet, innocent, obedient...until she wasn't. Until one day she decides to take something for herself. That one action takes Elena from highly favored pampered princess to a girl who is shadowed wherever she goes. Enter our hero Nicolas a Made... Continue Reading →

if the world was ending… part iv

It had taken an hour to load everything into his truck. He was antsy. The longer it took. The more nervous. He became. The last news report he had seen said that mobs roamed the streets at night. Anna herself... Continue Reading →

Darkest Night

Two mercenaries meet in a bar and end up doing the horizontal tango. Afterwards the guy steals a priceless artifact that our heroine was stealing for a client. For the next three-year Kon (hero) and Athena (heroine) engage in a... Continue Reading →

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