Experiment #311

Guerilla Tactics

The truck crumpled as it smashed into the spaceship’s shield. 

Sam signaled his ragtag assault team. Four men, three women, and three teenagers followed him toward the spaceship, weapons drawn. Two of the four guards had run for the truck. Seventeen clumsy shots took down the two at the door, but a man and a teen fell. 

Sam’s palm unlocked the door. They piled inside dragging their felled companions. They ran to the bridge, dealing with guards … Read More

Experiment #310

Digital Debt

His hand fell to the floor, limp. The drug surged through his veins like the floral pattern on the walls. Consciousness drained from his body with equal force. 

She threw open the door. Drool dribbled down her son’s chin. 

“No!” she screamed and yanked the needle from his arm. She pulled a syringe from her pocket and plunged it into his neck to stop the download. She prayed that his mind was still intact. 

His eyes fluttered open. … Read More

Experiment #309

Anonymity & Interdimensional Identity Theft

Anonymity

On the train, somewhere between Bleaker Street and Sunset Avenue her powers disappeared. Before, she’d been followed, liked, and “hash-tagged.” She’d been the center. But the conversation moved on. Now, she was ordinary. 

She sighed, smiled, laughed, cackled even, till the man next to her took a video and posted it. 

 

Interdimensional Identity Theft

Dimension hopping takes a lot out of you. Meeting yourself and loved ones in new, exotic places is fun but exhausting. Plus replacing yourself … Read More

Experiment #237

Autocorrect Love

Ok, I read that last email you wrote her and Wooh, boy! I’ll have no chance with her laptop if you don’t up your game. Here: You write one of those piles of cat crap you call a love note and I’ll “autocorrect” it so it doesn’t suck.

*Your hair is like shaved butternut squash*

You trying to make this hard?

How about: “I love you.”

*You are the Jules to my Verne*

“I love you.”

*Your eyes are like shoe … Read More

Experiment #212

Confessions of a Shapeshifter

Dear Cassie,

I’m sorry I impersonated your grandfather at the costume party, particularly since he’s been dead for ten years.

It was wrong, I know that now.

In retrospect, an accurate representation of his body’s decay was unnecessary. I will not exhume another body for “research purposes.”

Please apologize to your mom and aunts for me. I should not have lifted my arms and shouted, “Braaaaaaains!” That was uncalled for.

I hope your younger cousins will not need much therapy.

Lastly, … Read More

Experiment #210

Superhero

James longed to be a superhero. He slathered himself in toxic waste, shot himself with alpha, beta, and gamma rays, traveled through unknown dimensions, unearthed mystic objects, allowed mutant insects to bite, sting, and lay eggs on him, built super suits and weapons and handheld jet engines, bathed himself in solar wind and rays, electrocuted himself five different ways, spent decades learning martial arts and magic resonance, drank super serums, trained in assassin organizations, made … Read More

Experiment #208

Monologue

“…And now you shall die, Captain Awesome!”

“If I may say so, Dr. Monstrous, that was quite an impressive monologue. Far better than usual.”

“Why thank you, Captain Awesome. I’ve been working on it with my speech club.”

“It certainly shows. Unfortunately, though, it gave me time to cut the ropes and prepare my escape.”

“All part of my plan.”

“Come now, Dr. Monstrous, you’re making that up.”

“No, no, that rope was the only thing keeping my monster’s cage closed. … Read More

Experiment #206

The Inimitable Dr. Vapor

Dr. Vapor leaned over his fifth glass of Glarfan Ale. “I killed someone once.”

“Really?” Sarah asked, eyes wide.

Vapor nodded. “It’s true. A girl from Flerdill province.”

“Why?”

“She was naughty,” Vapor said. “Extortion, blackmail, and… beauty. But never so beautiful as you.”

Sarah giggled. “I heard no weapon was found.”

“I used one of my Vapor spears. Hard as rock for an hour then *poof* dissolves into thin air.”

Vapor laughed, then suddenly sat up. “Wait. How did you know … Read More