“Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 4

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. Dave had been conscious for about two hours when a small woman with curly, graying hair walked into his hospital room. The sight of her surprised him so much that he cut off mid-sentence in his conversation with Moreen and Harris. Harris turned around, saw her, andContinue reading ““Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 4″

“Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 3

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. JB sat on the dusty chair and listened to the sound of rain hitting the roof. Thunder rolled occasionally in the distance, and wind made the old house creak and moan. It was deceptively peaceful, and he enjoyed it while he could. He especially enjoyed that heContinue reading ““Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 3″

“Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 2

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. This time, the meeting was on Val’s turf. And by turf, she meant a lakefront house that her family owned and used to visit when she and her sisters had been children. She stood in the living room in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out overContinue reading ““Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 2″

“Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 1

First time reading? Start from the beginning here. Dave drifted in and out of consciousness for a while. Every time he woke, he’d keep his eyes shut, feeling an overwhelming and nameless sense of dread. Then he’d remember that he’d escaped, that no one was waiting to torture him more. Eventually, he opened his eyes.Continue reading ““Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 1″

“FUBAR” – Part 8

Val didn’t pour herself another gin and tonic. She put the empty glass to her lips and leaned back her head, getting a small swallow of melted ice with just a hint of flavor. No more alcohol. She was going to need every fraction of her brainpower to stay alive. She gazed around the room,Continue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 8″

“FUBAR” – Part 7

Dave was starting to like the concrete floor. Sure, it was hard against his skull and back, pressing each link of chain further into his flesh. And yeah, it was filthy. But letting his muscles go slack as he rested on it felt like a little slice of heaven. He didn’t know how long he’dContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 7″

“FUBAR” – Part 6

Val would have given anything to leave the room, but she forced herself to stay. For one thing, she’d lose Blueblood’s respect if he thought the Black Valentine couldn’t stomach watching someone get tortured. But more importantly, this was her fault. She hadn’t been able to break through Dave’s mental shields, so she could atContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 6″

“FUBAR” – Part 5

Walter Franke sat in the small interrogation room, comfortable in the way of a man who’d been in this situation a thousand times before. It didn’t matter that he’d never stepped foot into this particular room before today, or that he’d never met the supervillain handcuffed to the table across from him. Everything about thisContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 5″

“FUBAR” – Part 4

Dave had been ready the first time. Even half-conscious, it hadn’t been hard to figure out their plan when he saw the tub of water they’d brought into the room. Dave wouldn’t call water his “weakness” exactly, but it was something his super-strength didn’t protect him from. Beating him was a good way to breakContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 4″

“FUBAR” – Part 3

Val was a telepath, and telepaths who survived learned to control their emotions. Dave’s gaze found hers, though his eyes were unfocused. As she took in the purple bruises on his face and the way he swayed even though he wasn’t standing, she ruthlessly stomped down on the emotion welling up in her stomach. SheContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 3″