Rise of the Tellers 20: Christmas 2019

I guess it was about four months ago. I’m thinking now that it might have been five. Not six. I had stayed up Around the Horn. Quite like I am doing today. This means that I did not sleep last night at all and I will not go to bed until midnight. It is usually… Continue reading Rise of the Tellers 20: Christmas 2019

Rise of the Tellers 19: The Coming of Adam

Hello my name is Tier-ti na-mun. I was asked by my master to come and try to explain to you what happened in 2011 that made everything possible. I am here then to tell you about the coming of Adam. I am here to tell you about how the mind was gathered and mastered. For… Continue reading Rise of the Tellers 19: The Coming of Adam

Rise of the Tellers 18: Acceptance

Sit down we have a lot to do in this chapter and we need to get started now. We are going to start in the Wasteland. I have to show you how eight years after the Battle of Normal Street, Assassin finally found peace. Now it is dark in the Wasteland and there is nothing… Continue reading Rise of the Tellers 18: Acceptance

Rise of the Tellers 17: The Younger

Ten months earlier we were watching Rayph play on the floor in our living room and Bekah looked at me with sadness on her face and motioned to him. “He looks lonely,” she said. I looked at him and in that moment she was right. He did look lonely. I had known he would. When… Continue reading Rise of the Tellers 17: The Younger

The Progenitor 18: Around the Table Part 3

Two pounds of ground beef and one big bowl. Dice three peppers. I usually go for one yellow, one red, and one orange. Take a sleeve of saltines, throw them in a cookie sheet and crush them to dust with a kitchen mallet. Don’t be a savage and pound on them. Grip the head and… Continue reading The Progenitor 18: Around the Table Part 3

The Progenitor 11: Around the Table Part 2

It was Stonefist Stew, a recipe I created for a book called Legends of the Exiles. Get a can of five different kinds of beans: black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red kidney beans, and pork and beans. I like to throw an extra can of pinto in for good measure. Chop and stir in… Continue reading The Progenitor 11: Around the Table Part 2

The Progenitor 5: Around the Table Part 1

It was a new dish I was trying out. Three chicken breasts, four cans of cream of chicken soup, potatoes cut into cubes, and rice. I covered it in cheese and baked it for about an hour all told. It was perfect, the rice a little overcooked, and we sat at the table to eat.… Continue reading The Progenitor 5: Around the Table Part 1

The New Girl 18: Future Part 3

On stunned legs I wobbled up to the front of the class. I didn’t trust my voice, but to my professor I said with a croak, “You meant upper classmen, right?” He turned to me with a broad smile. He was a powerful, if not rotund, man with a full head of salt and pepper… Continue reading The New Girl 18: Future Part 3

Haunted by the Nameless Boy

It’s all in the name. One name can propel a story for me. One fantastic name can make or break it all. I have gotten lucky and created a few great names. Saykobar Hesh, Volacha Brinchay, Kolaster Vagan, Tobin the Treefrog, Rayph Ivoryfist—all these names crafted the character for me. They all brought that character… Continue reading Haunted by the Nameless Boy