The precious jewels weighed heavy in Andy’s hand. Emeralds, rubies, diamonds. The corner of his mouth curled as he spilled them into his small sack. He took one last glance at the sleeping figure of King Henry VIII. Then he tip-toed out of the bed chambers and slipped through the door. “Did you get them?”… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Home
Flash Fiction Friday: Quarantine
Quarantine Day 1: Deadly virus spreads. Entire country housebound 30 days. Military delivers staples, medical supplies weekly. No one allowed out, including medical personnel. Quarantine Day 7: Family bored. Elderly neighbor Mr. Wilson injured at home, military medical staff arrive, take him away. Quarantine Day 10: Mrs. Wilson says unknown when husband will return. Quarantine… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Quarantine
Flash Fiction Friday: The Procedure
Simon looked around the doctor’s office. Blank, white walls. Plain, dark chairs. He gulped. “Do I have to do this?” His mom patted his hand. “You’ll be fine.” “But why do I gotta get it done? I’m not sick or anything.” “Sweetheart, we’ve talked about this. Science has advanced in recent years. There are things… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: The Procedure
Secrety-Secret News and Newsletter Sign-Ups!
Hello Caffeinated Fiction friends! I've got some fun news to share but promised my newsletter subscribers that I'd share with them first. Interested in finding out the juicy details now? I'd love for you to sign up for my newsletter! I've got a couple special announcements, PLUS a giveaway ONLY for my newsletter subscribers! Woot!… Continue reading Secrety-Secret News and Newsletter Sign-Ups!
Stories of the Stars Contest–“Bones of Cobalt Blue” by Cathy Hinkle
Bones of Cobalt Blue by Cathy Hinkle (Stories of the Stars Flash Fiction Contest 3rd place winner) She landed with the practiced ease of centuries, blue talons gripping the cliff's edge. Wind whistled through the granite crags, and small stones scrabbled beneath her feet. With a low growl, she dove from the cliff. Unfurling… Continue reading Stories of the Stars Contest–“Bones of Cobalt Blue” by Cathy Hinkle
Stories of the Stars Contest–“A Million Heartbeats” by Maggie Graber
A Million Heartbeats by Maggie Graber (Stories of the Stars Flash Fiction Contest 2nd Place winner) I’m not an insomniac. I’m just lying awake at 2 am. I stare up at the dirty, white ceiling. There’s a crack that runs from one side to the middle, as if it will split open at any… Continue reading Stories of the Stars Contest–“A Million Heartbeats” by Maggie Graber
Stories of the Stars Contest–“Starfinder’s Sacrifice” by Sam Graber
Starfinder's Sacrifice by Sam Graber (Stories of the Stars Flash Fiction Contest 1st Place Winner) No one knows what the stars are. Only that they are far away, and they give us our power. And now they are winking out. “Danar?” Charis steps beside me and slips her hand in mine. Starlight gives a… Continue reading Stories of the Stars Contest–“Starfinder’s Sacrifice” by Sam Graber
Flash Fiction Friday: Dance
All she wanted was a dance. Years she had waited for her chance to spin and glide. To be free. “Is it time yet?” she asked Percy. “Not yet. Soon, Cassie. Our time of rest will be over.” She sighed. How much longer? Percy reached out to her, to hold her. Yet she was still… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Dance
Flash Fiction Friday: Space Battle
“Blue One-Four-Seven, hold steady as I come back around.” “Copy that. Holding steady, Gold Five-Nine-Zero.” “Descending at a rate of ten-thousand—wait! Blue One, you’ve got a Glider on your tail! Bank right, now.” “Uh, negative, Gold Five. I don’t see it. I’m not seeing him!” “He’s there. Turn now, he’s got a lock on you!”… Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday: Space Battle
Realm Makers 2018: Finding my Tribe
It’s been a whole month since I saw my people face-to-face. This conference--the only Christian Speculative Fiction Writers Conference of its kind--is definitely the highlight of my year. Last year I flew to Reno, this year it was St. Louis. I think it's safe to say, this thing could be held in Tokyo and I'd… Continue reading Realm Makers 2018: Finding my Tribe
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