Debt to be Paid

Radiation reached his skin through UV-resistant clothes. "Four-hundred-thirteen billion credits for today's contestant! If he survives..." A hidden crowd cheered. He retrieved his only permitted secret ingredient with a blistered hand. "What's today's contestant chosen for us?" Blinding light. The crowd gasped. The glare receded and he staggered forward, balancing a platter, alien delicacies piled... Continue Reading →

Timeless

Despite countless weeks spent on coding and design, she'd almost forgotten the outfit. School notification; dance-hall activated. Eyes closed, chest tight, time to upload. Other students uploaded too, filling the dark virtual dance-hall with a chaos of colour. The guests contrasting with timber decor meant for long-lost tuxedos and ballgowns. She took a moment to... Continue Reading →

August 2021

Supporting Diverse Writers Zoraida Córdova Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels and short stories, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina. She also writes romance novels as Zoey Castile. In addition to writing novels, she serves on... Continue Reading →

Unexpected Cutoff

"Apologies all, our project must end," the speaker announced. "One more day!" Someone stepped forward, "we're so close. Their brains are simple. I can prove-" "No. We leave now. It's not safe anymore, they're volatile." With a thought, doors opened and the nervous crowd filed out. Their commotion grew as others joined. "Hostile movement ahead."... Continue Reading →

Promised Waters

Solar floodlights expose the beachfront like daylight. Crowds gathered there nightly to escape the endless heat, their music drowning the waves. I move on over slippery rock-pools and round the cliffs further up the coast. Human sounds fall away as the cliffs lower to reveal a river mouth and marshy swampland, visible now beneath unburdened... Continue Reading →

Tarnished Tranquility

She's trudging through the forest as silence hits, sending chills through her despite the hike and heat of nearing sunrise. Could've been peaceful, under different circumstances. Determined to find her missing friend, she persists. Body growing numb. The forest's stagnant silence thickens. Her mind reels. Shouldn't have ignored the reports, her friend wasn't invulnerable. And... Continue Reading →

Essentiality Remains

My restless body sleeps, mind seeking. Endless doorways. Some lead nowhere, others to places I cannot comprehend. There's just one I search for. Within, contains a source of darkness. I must eliminate it. I wander twisting corridors, labyrinthine in nature, as all minds are. There, ahead. The darkness, flickering and tremulous. I follow, my heart... Continue Reading →

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