Short Story: Such a Cute Dog Can’t Exist

Genre: fantasy, humour

 

The cutest dog he had ever seen scampered across the living room.

“She’s cute,” his friend commented.

“Of course she is. As expected of my daughter.”

They watched the dog sniff under the sofa.

“You’re going to turn her back, right?” He had worked hard for her.

His friend laughed the laugh of a man who knew he had Messed Up.

“Yup. Definitely. Leave it all to me.”

~End~

Short Story: The Second Passenger

Genre: fantasy
Takes place in the Defenders of the Wall universe.

 

In a world where monsters ruled the wastelands, travelling between cities was risky. That was why he always triple checked everything on his PB before leaving.

So why was he only discovering his second passenger one week into the journey?

“I’m sorry. My little brother snuck in,” said Lucy, his only official passenger, with a helpless shrug as the boy hid behind her.

There was no use turning back. They were already halfway to the next city. The kid would just have to come with them.

“Of course, I’ll pay for all his expenses.”

Rather than that, the bigger problem was the blow to his pride. Obviously, he wasn’t as meticulous as he thought if a little kid could stay undetected on board for so long.

* * *

“You weren’t even here for ten minutes. That’s just sad,” Lucy said once they were safely in her bunk.

“I have super speed. Not super stealth,” Cory grumbled.

“So? What are you doing here? Not that I don’t love you, but this was supposed to be a solo mission,” Lucy continued in a much lower voice.

“Mission update. There are two targets,” Cory reported.

Lucy nodded. “Got it.”

“Great. Then I’ll leave you to it.”

Lucy caught Cory by the arm before he fled.

“Where are you going?” she asked with a too-sweet smile.

“Back.”

“How can I let my little brother disappear?”

“But I’m not supposed to be here.”

“Too bad. They know you’re here now, so you might as well stay and help me.”

Cory’s lips twisted in disapproval. Lucy tightened her hold.

“If you stay and help, I won’t tell anyone you almost blew the mission.”

Put that way, there was really only one option.

“Fine.”

~End~

 

Lucy also appears briefly in Promise Me This and is mentioned in Team Goal Discussion.

PB: Private Bus. Distinct from the public Buses which people can use to travel in between cities.

Drabble: Magnet for Trouble

Genre: fantasy, humour

 

“My girlfriend likes to joke that I’m a magnet for trouble.”

He caught a scissors that flew at him, accidentally drawn by the magnetic powers he spontaneously developed at a very bad time.

“As of yesterday, she’s technically correct.”

~End~

Goals of Logical Dreams: June recap + July goals

Last month, I wanted to focus more on another writing project. That… hahaha… didn’t work very well. I’ve left the project alone for so long I couldn’t remember where I was trying to go with it.

Moral of the month: keep lots of notes when writing ongoing stories.

Well, new month, fresh start.

For July, I want to go back to basics and aim for one post each day. If you find anything you like, feel free to like or comment to let me know 🙂

 

Short Story: The Sun That Shone Also Burned

Genre: humour
Related to Help from the ShadowsContract Job, and Agent Sunshine.

 

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

“Your sunny disposition never fails to light up my day.”

They had teased him for too long.

“Morning, my only Sunshine!”

It was time to show them that the sun that shone also burned.

“Anyone seen my boots?”

“Where’s my charger?”

“I can’t find my… #$@&*! What’s it doing on the ceiling?”

~End~

Short Story: Not Today

Genre: fantasy

 

“Everyone cheered, but he was the happiest of them all. After all his hard work, he was finally the champion. Yay!”

“Yay!” the little boy cheered with her.

“Now, bedtime,” she said.

He groaned but obediently laid down beside her. Her arms closed protectively around him as she hummed a soft tune.

In moments, he was asleep.

With a sigh, she released her illusion. The warm blanket fort melted into cold bars and empty walls.

Eventually, the little boy she was babysitting would realise they weren’t actually at an overly long sleepover.

But not today.

~End~

 

Short Story: To Save a Life

Genre: fantasy

 

~To Save a Life~

Just 5 hours. He would go back 5 hours, stop the experiment before it overloaded, and save his wife.

He reached for the time machine.

“You won’t remember even if you go back.”

His student stepped out from behind the shelf. He hurriedly pulled his hand back and combed his fingers through his hair.

“What are you talking about?” he asked.

“You’ve gone back at least twenty times to save your wife. You just don’t remember it. But I do. I can help.”

“You’re not going to stop me?” Meddling with time was taboo. Even first years knew that.

“Already tried. Didn’t work. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? So, tell me, how can I save your wife?”

He released a breath he didn’t realise he was holding. All the ‘should have’ and ‘if only’ that had hounded him since the accident jumped to the front of his mind.

“This is what you need to do.”

~End~

Short Story: It Started as a Little Bud

Genre: fantasy

 

It started as a little bud.

Shadow had just returned after single-handedly saving the city from a colony of monsters. He wasn’t the only one to develop a crush that day, but as he watched the Fighter, he thought his feelings were more admiration than love.

Then one day, he was caught too close to the wall when a monster unexpectedly broke through. Caught in its claws, he thought he was dead, but a blur of purple killed the monster first and he lived.

The bud blossomed into a flower.

He wasn’t born with super strength of special powers, but Shadow was a Fighter, and becoming a Fighter himself was his best shot at getting close to her. He found someone willing to train him, giving the excuse that he wanted to become stronger so he could protect everyone.

What followed was two years of gruelling training before he broke down and finally told his teacher the real reason behind his decision to become a Fighter. By then, the flower was a monstrous thing that wrapped all around him.

“That’s a stupid reason, but it’s still better than that sorry excuse you gave me last time,” his teacher said.

Three months later, he was accepted into the Fighter program.

“This is only the beginning,” his teacher warned.

But it was still one step closer to Shadow, and he would take all the steps he needed to finally meet her.

~End~

 

Check out the related story Morning Training.

Short Story: The Island

Genre: fantasy

 

For such a small island, there were a lot of large predators.

His blunt nails and even teeth were no match for the sharp claws and tapered fangs, but he was armed head to toe, and the weapons weren’t just for show.

Some attacked alone, some in groups. He fought them all with practiced efficiency as he advanced into the heart of the island.

To her.

A giant flower sat next to a waterfall. He brushed the petals aside to shake the shoulder of the sleeping girl inside.

“Wake up.”

The petals curled back, trying to cover the girl, but he nudged them aside.

“You can’t hide forever.”

She sighed.

“Fine.”

The island faded away.

In the real world, two pairs of eyes opened.

~End~

Triumphant Kisses

Follows after First Kiss and Behind the Kisses.
Genre: fantasy, superhero

 

Patricia’s first fight as a superhuman was an accident.

It was less than one month after her first kiss was stolen, and she still struggled to accept kissing as her price to use her newfound superpowers. Lost in her thoughts, she accidentally walked into a robbery.

She didn’t know who was more surprised.

In moments, she was just another hostage on the floor, hands restrained by a zip tie.

After that, the robbers ignored her, which was perfectly with her. In fact, she was content to just wait it out.

That changed when a robber turned a knife on a kid.

While everyone was distracted, she stole a kiss from the guy beside her.

Her first illusion: she wasn’t there. It would be sad if her identity was exposed before she even debuted as a superhuman. Protected by her invisibility, she gave the robbers a beating to remember.

Just kidding.

She trapped the robbers in new walls she created and called the police, stealing kisses from random people along the way to keep her illusions alive. Too many kisses later, the police finally arrived and caught all the robbers. Amid the confusion, she slipped out.

So calling that her first fight was a bit of a stretch, but just because she didn’t trade blows didn’t make it any less of a victory. Despite the odds, she triumphed!

With her morals as the only casualty.

And possibly some first kisses.

Sorry guys. It was an emergency.

~End~

 

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