… but not to mere mortals.
What happens when the sun sets? Does the sky fade into a black, sparse, velvety covering, speckled in the dust of faraway stars, suns? Our star has a name, and somehow it feels inadequate, small, hapless. It is, nevertheless, the same star around which both planet Earth and my home planet orbit. Read more
Yes, I hear you. The problem is not that I can’t hear you; I’m not deaf. I can hear you, and I do hear you. I just don’t care about what you’re saying. No, I am listening. I fully understand what it is that you’re arguing for and trying to accomplish. The fact is simple and quite plain. I don’t care, and honestly, why should I? Read more
She locked herself in there after the cat ran up onto the couch, pounced on her and scratched her face. She had never met or even seen a cat before, and the person with whom she currently resides had not informed her of such a creature residing within the house. Hence, the closet, now. She can hear the cat scratch at the door and jumps with a simultaneous outburst of breath. How does the cat know she is in there? she murmurs silently to herself. Read more
Sticky, the air congeals around them creating human bubble molds out of salted sweat. Despite the rushing wind of the oscillating fan, the thickness of the heat cements them to the warm floor. Even under the shade of night, the room refuses to cool; relief eludes. The only room in the entire boarding house with AC only makes matters worse, for eventually, they must exit the room-not-theirs and return to the swampy misery of their own AC-less room. Also, the house mother charges extra for AC use. Read more
They knew it was a lie, the story they told to the general public about their … gift, as it were. No one wants to believe that “others” walk among them, especially not humans in this day in age. They both agree that earlier man, any pre-industrial-revolution time, was far more open-minded, generally accepting of the possibility, the fantasy that other-types of beings, god-like creatures—always depicted in human form, oddly enough—walked and lived in their company. Read more
With a searing headache and nauseating murmurs from a stomach filled with sloshing clementine and hot coffee acids, she wills herself to remain conscious. Whether or not she wants to matters not in this moment. Luckily, she thinks to herself, the pain has subsided. When it will return, she cannot know for sure, but she can get close to such knowledge. She takes a glance at the timer, approximately three hours of the semblance of bliss lie ahead of her. Read more