By H. E. Remus “State your name. Last name first, please.” A computer voice said. It carried the note of a tenor, and spoke in a British accent. “King, Ammona.” The young woman watched the screen calculate for a moment to find her in the registry of accepted students. Its background was an image of … [Read more…]
By H. E. Remus Ammona knew she had to contain her excitement. Otherwise, she might scream, dance, or freak out, and then the STSA would probably suspect her of something other than travel. So she stood in line like any good citizen would, and waited for someone to tell her to step through the weapons … [Read more…]
By H. E. Remus Part I It is the end of a long work day at the cafe. Serving everyone their triple-shot-sugar-free-vanilla-light-foam latte for eight hours a day, forty hours a week, felt like a drag after three years of repetitive words and motions. She arrives at her apartment door and punches in the unlock code on the panel. “Please … [Read more…]
By H. Elizabeth Remus The gilded edges of the trophy felt cold and clean in Rayna’s hands. She clutched it close to her while she walked, unable to believe that she had just won it. Something about her own self-doubt usually held her back, but this time she had an object to prove her accomplishment. … [Read more…]
a lone firework exploded somewhere low in the sky, over one or two buildings cloaked by darkness on the left. its green, iridescent star sparkles burst into the air for the slightest moment, and were gone. i was sure that no one in the car saw it but me.