Short Story: Around the old Hawthorn Tree

Addison found the box one Sunday afternoon when her mom asked her to clean out the closet in the guest bedroom. It was a dusty old cardboard thing, and inside, she found a few notebooks with her late grandma’s name on the front and a beautiful silver necklace with a jeweled rose pendant. “Look whatContinue reading “Short Story: Around the old Hawthorn Tree”

Summer Getaway: A White Knight & Black Valentine Series Short Story

Dave set their suitcases on the dresser and stretched, still stiff from the flight. He surveyed the cozy bedroom, taking a moment to appreciate the view of the mountains out the window. “This is nice,” he said to Val. “I need to have it redecorated,” she called back from the bathroom, where she was touchingContinue reading “Summer Getaway: A White Knight & Black Valentine Series Short Story”

Short Story: A Magical Education

Ever wonder how the wise old mentor character puts up with the whiny, annoying hero he’s training? Then have I got the tale for you. My short story, A Magical Education, follows a group of aging mentors drinking mead and venting about the next generation of heroes they’re trying to educate. It’s a humorous fantasyContinue reading “Short Story: A Magical Education”

Short Story: How to Stop Trains (A Guide for Superheroes)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any short fiction on my blog, so here’s a little something from The White Knight & Black Valentine Series. Enjoy! How to Stop Trains (A Guide for Superheroes) An excerpt from White Knight’s lecture at the Academy on April 15, 2002. Remember the acronym TAD: Time and Distance.Continue reading “Short Story: How to Stop Trains (A Guide for Superheroes)”

Even More Sensational Superhero Short Stories

It’s that time again: time for another edition of the best superhero short fiction from around the web. Here are four free short stories to kick off your week with (and if you like these, catch up on my first and second lists). La Gorda and the City of Silver Written by Sabrina Vourvoulias andContinue reading “Even More Sensational Superhero Short Stories”

“Epilogue”

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. A week passed before Val got the chance to speak with her father. With Blueblood dead and Leo arrested, the Black Valentine was only supervillain from the DSA break-in who was still at large. She’d risen to the top of the DSA’s Most Wanted List, an achievementContinue reading ““Epilogue””

“Everybody Fights” – Part 13

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. Tidal Wave was slumped in the back of a police car, his cheek pressed against the smooth glass window. The sedative hadn’t completely knocked him out yet, but it was close. His eyelids felt like they weighed five pounds each, and the movements of the car seemedContinue reading ““Everybody Fights” – Part 13″

“Everybody Fights” – Part 12

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. JB wondered if everyone had forgotten about him. For what must have been the tenth time, he flipped up the protective glass covering of his watch and felt the clock hand and embossments. Not even two full minutes had passed since the last time he checked. HeContinue reading ““Everybody Fights” – Part 12″

“Everybody Fights” – Part 11

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. Dave broke down the process of standing up into steps. First, he got onto his hands and knees. The small movement ignited the pain in his back. It felt like he’d gotten lashed by a bullwhip that had been soaked in gasoline and set on fire. ExceptContinue reading ““Everybody Fights” – Part 11″

“Everybody Fights” – Part 10

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. Less than a week earlier, Val had left Blueblood in the lake house with the excuse that she had errands to run. She’d driven about a mile through rural Illinois, past farm fields that had recently been harvested and woods with picturesque autumn foliage. Her hands hadContinue reading ““Everybody Fights” – Part 10″