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.
And there is no place for mankind among the stars.
“Do you ever miss Earth?”
“Not at all?”
Continue reading ““Earth as a Steppingstone””
Originally appearing with The Evening Theatre in June of 2018, this post is a slightly reworked “Unearthly Hues of Cyan”.
The extraction of helium – 3 from Uranus was entirely automated, leaving Emily Rockwood too much time to think.
Very few suspected that the androids intended to revolt.
Years of service in the mines had galvanized their determination.
Continue reading ““Android Labor Union””
“The Fountain” originally appeared with Twisted Sister Lit Mag in February of 2017. This post consists of a slightly updated and reworked version of the original.
The storm had sunk the Consuelo and the Santa Sara, leaving Francisco Herrera and Rodrigo Ibanez as the only sailors able to reach a nearby island. Anacaona, a female savage enslaved on an earlier voyage and trained to translate for the Spanish, washed up on the beach a short while later. The three survivors, greatly fatigued from their struggle in the sea, rested for a day on the sand.
Continue reading “Back to the Beginning: “The Fountain””
“You’re leaving me to die?”
“You’re infected. We can’t risk including you.”
“How do you know I’m infected?”
Continue reading ““The Transformed””