The Cold to Come – Austin L. Wiggins

The noon sun beat down on the city of rubble and ash and dirt. Color had long vanished from the buildings due to the constant baking of the sun, and a perpetual grey monochrome conquered the entire city. If it weren’t for the footsteps of the fifteen person caravan the city would have been enveloped … Continue reading The Cold to Come – Austin L. Wiggins

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Happy – Austin L. Wiggins

Rain finished gracing the earth in April and the subsequent bloom in May produced vibrant flora. Over the following weeks photographers of both the amateur and professional varieties trampled splotches of the bloom-age into the clay. The bloom in area was so great it could be seen from space, and after a couple of weeks … Continue reading Happy – Austin L. Wiggins

Small Victories – Austin L. Wiggins

Illuminated LED lights on the clock blinked three in the morning then faded into blackness, just to return to neon red moments later. Victoria sat at a makeshift desk made of particleboard and scavenged stands and within her entire apartment there was a single light that illuminated the paper she etched into. She carved into … Continue reading Small Victories – Austin L. Wiggins

The Clown: Beginnings – Ian Hill

The Clown:  Beginnings 1983-2004:  Harold leads a normal life full of excitement and laughter, but he finds himself with thoughts of rage.  His friends comment on the “episodes” where Harold will snap at random times. March 15, 2004:  Harold graduates from Paramedic school and is assigned to a station. April 23, 2004:  Harold goes on … Continue reading The Clown: Beginnings – Ian Hill

The End is Nigh – Austin L. Wiggins

The accountant’s desk was littered with loose-leaf paper and newspapers with red circles drawn in pen. The accountant himself had a newspaper held in his slender fingers and was reading it with a red permanent marker. He traced each line of the paper with the marker and highlighted a headline, “Another Attack on New York.” … Continue reading The End is Nigh – Austin L. Wiggins

The Unchaining of Humanity

SSRC23815 worked its way methodically down the sidewalk. Its articulated arms reached out and gathered the small bits of trash that littered the walkway and the edge of the street. It mechanically placed the waste into the small receptacle on its back. It would continue to do so until the receptacle was full, and then … Continue reading The Unchaining of Humanity

Natural Fate – Austin L. Wiggins

The others went quietly and faded with anonymity intact. They died and only their families and close friends were aware enough to notice. Children burying their parents is a common occurrence, so anytime parents had to bury their children gained attention. This was true for Malcolm the moment he signed the do not resurrect agreement. … Continue reading Natural Fate – Austin L. Wiggins