The Right Man For The Job

The ashes from the cigarette flicked off and landed on the tabletop, dissolving into powder clumps upon impact. Judy Shields did not notice as her hand nervously trembled across the counters surface, leaving long grey streaks. She placed the filter between her lips and inhaled another hit. The stranger sitting across from her observed. He […]

The Final Affair

Jake sat at the small wooden desk in the hotel room. The thick woven drapes were closed shut, with only a sliver of sunlight penetrating through. Melancholy filled him. The air felt heavy and cruel, like something that did not want him. He twisted the cap off the last miniature bottle of whiskey from the […]

Severance

“Sidney?” Mr. Woodland called out. Sidney Harris sat at his desk, his body reclining back on an old squeaky chair. Turning his head, Woodland stood over him, gesturing him over to his office. He stood and followed. He entered the office, shutting the door behind him, turning the lock on the steel knob. Pictures of […]

McGhee

The dawn rose gradually behind snow capped mountains, turning the sky into a bronze canvas. Sunlight reflected off the glazing from the high-rise structures that towered over the city. Vapors from the cold engines, ascended into the atmosphere as the highways piled up with steady traffic. McGhee sat on the edge of the matress, a […]

A day on Interstate 80

The sweltering heat from the sun fumed down on Benjamin’s back. Sweat drenched his shirt, it clung to his chest, bringing a brief cooling relief against the humid air. His flesh, once light in pigment, now seared red to the touch like burning coals. Perspiration seeped out his pores and ran off him to the […]

Once a Rat, always a Rat

The tattered burlap sack lifted violently off his head, revealing a face so battered and bruised, that Clive was hardly recognizable to anyone who knew him. The overhead lamp, hanging from a chain suspended from the ceiling, swayed back and forth, in a circular motion. The light cast a spotlight across the concrete floor and […]

Carl’s Refusal

Carl stood in the bathroom gazing at himself in the mirror. He turned his head to one side, then to the other. He appeared older, he noticed wrinkles and grey hairs where there was none before. He took a deep breath and exhaled in disappointment. Shit, he mumbled under his breath, stretching the newly discovered […]