The Ilodian Rift – Part 2

If you haven’t read the beginning of The Ilodian Rift, you can find it here. … Ellisar steps through the portal first, then waves at us to follow. I grab my brother and sister’s hands. With a deep breath, I step through the glowing rift. I feel a tingle along my skin. Then, the air feels lighter and the world […]

The Ilodian Rift

The sound of loud music pops the bubble around me as I am pulled out of the intense moment in the story I was reading and brought abruptly back to the present. I sigh as I sit my book on the table and launch up from my chair. I stomp to my brother’s room next to mine.  “Can you turn […]

In the Pages of a Book – Chapter 3

This story is part of a collaborative series. You can start reading from the beginning here. Chapter 3 – Lucas’ Story Lucas felt his mom tap on his shoulder, and he pulled one earbud out but didn’t take his eyes off his phone. His favorite streamer was live right now playing the beta of a new game.  “Do you want […]

In the Pages of a Book

Chapter 1 – Charles’ Story The doctor said to let him know what Charles wanted to do, like there was even really a choice. Immense suffering and the loss of any number of pleasures that make life worth living, or to not have a life left to live at all. It was obvious which choice was the lesser of two […]

Scales of the Smith – Part 3

This is the conclusion to Clever’s short story, Scales of the Smith. Make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 before continuing. … The next morning, the band of heroes converged on Viggo’s smithy. He was exhausted from a sleepless night, but had reached a decision by dawn. He greeted the men heartily. It was clear they did not […]

The Mastermind – Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1 of The Mastermind, you can find it here. Now for Part 2! We start with the background research on all the involved parties. Sorren finds every detail about them, from where our client ate lunch last Tuesday to when our potential victim last took her Pomeranian, Buttercup, to the groomer. “Who gets a Pomeranian?” […]

The Mastermind – Part 1

I know, I know. Us outlaws are supposed to slink into the crowded inn wearing a dusty black cloak that’s faded to grey. We’re not supposed to draw attention to ourselves. But I can’t help it that my favorite color is bright pink. And if you’re going to wear such a fine pink cloak, you should wear it well, am […]

Dark Thoughts

The creek behind Olivia’s house loomed from the tree line, seemingly growing larger as the sound of cicadas grew increasingly louder. With effort Olivia finally wrenched her eyes away, shaking her head as if to clear it. She slammed the blinds down and shakily walked to her bed.  Olivia plopped down onto her bed, pulling her laptop into her lap. […]


Lucy took a long drag of her clove cigarette “I’m disgusting…” she thought to herself as she yanked her hood over her hair. She was looking at her feet as she trudged along the pavement, beat up black boots slapping the wet ground, not noticing the man she was about to run into. “Ooooof… shit sorry” she mumbled as she […]