VISITORS, 4: A Teacher Reaches Out to a Troubled Child

The kids around Millie managed to be incredibly loud. They hadn't been in a concentrated group like this for a long time, barring recently when Riley had his birthday party. Millie had not gone to that, though.

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VISITORS, 3: A Baker Sketches the Clerk at the Laundromat

Previous Chapter Leo Leo woke in a cold sweat. His breath was heavy. The room was dark. He groaned and rolled over in bed, checking the time on his alarm clock. 4:30 a.m. He rolled onto his back and closed his eyes, trying to let the heaviness of sleep envelop him once again. He could … Continue reading VISITORS, 3: A Baker Sketches the Clerk at the Laundromat

VISITORS, Prologue: A Field of Ash Where a Town Once Was

Ines knew what arson looked like. This was something else entirely, a remnant of some foreign annihilation. She stood in the middle of a gray expanse, sweater pulled up over her mouth and nose — the light breeze generated swirling eddies of ash, dusting her clothes with a light snow. They had driven here, through … Continue reading VISITORS, Prologue: A Field of Ash Where a Town Once Was

Bessie

I leaned on a fence and watched Ari’s beat-up pickup approach. The car stuttered and left a cloud of dust and smog behind it as it rumbled up the dirt road leading to my property. I waved at the truck as it pulled through the gate, and drew the gate closed. “Hey, stranger,” said Ari … Continue reading Bessie