Ghrelin

Music pierced the ceiling, a barrier that was not thin by any means. Quick tempo. A beat that was easy to synchronize one’s movements to. From the ceiling hung a lantern. It glowed red, too soft to illuminate every nook and cranny of the small room but bright enough to reveal the man sitting in front…

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Phlegmatic

Smooth muscle tissue shot through with pulsating, arm-sized veins surrounded me. It quivered as if an electric current ran through it. Moist enough to drip. Shaped like a tube and stretch, s t r e t c h, s  t  r  e  t  c  h  i  n  g to a point of convergence an indeterminable…

Deadbolt

Victor opened his front door and was immediately blinded by the sun. Up came his hand, eyes narrowing. But even with the gas ball covered his eyes still hurt. It was just so bright out here—a huge difference from the dark room he spent the majority of his time in. Gradually, Victor adjusted. Allowed his…

The Past

A robot. Soft of flesh, perfectly proportioned, smooth facial expressions—one could easily mistake it for a human if not for the eyes. They were multi-ringed, and each ring glowed like a fluorescent lightbulb. Back and forth, they moved, searching the barren streets for something… Target acquired. These things were programmed to give their attention to…

A Price

Without man’s interference, nature had its way. Tall grass, weeds, and twisted trees galore— A dilapidated building out by the bay. Their relationship? Like Jack the Ripper and a whore. Dark. An abyss in a trench. So terrifying Durrell Williams pissed his pants. But he would not elect to take the bench. A bet took…

Turpitude

Two ovular pills sat in his hand. Thick and long, they brought a dose worthy of legend. John swirled the water within his glass. Every six hours he was to take two… but only four had passed. Closing his eyes, he sighed deeply. His head was in such agony he feared it might split like…