“Dying for Dinosaurs”

“Dying for Dinosaurs” originally appeared with Evening Theatre (defunct publication) in August of 2018.

Paleontologist Alma Ojeda was a veteran of countless excavations in her native country. She had established herself quickly in her field when she helped to unearth the largest Argentinosaurus ever found while working on her doctorate at the University of Córdoba.

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“Alexios III (and IV and V) in Hell”

An unpleasant reunion in the afterlife.

A cackling demon prodded Alexios III.

Hellfire licked the soul and soles of the former emperor. 

Although only recently deceased, the weary man tired of eternity in just a few seconds. 

“Stop these abuses!” Alexios III finally pleaded. “What have I done to receive such vile treatment?”

The demon laughed even wilder after hearing these words.

“Tell me! I beg you! Why do I find myself in this pit of fire?”

The demon twisted a gruesome face into a smile.

You’d have to ask them!”

A gnarled finger extended toward the chained skeletons of Alexios IV and Alexios V.

 

 

“Polar Bears on Pluto”

Deadly hallucinations on a frozen world.

“There are no polar bears on Pluto. This is a dead rock. You are back at the habitation module. You are hallucinating.”

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