“Last One Out Hits the Lights” by Charlie Chitty

The reason why the virus went undetected for so long was because it was indistinguishable from the common cold. And because of that, the human population was wiped out. Almost entirely. On the first day of infection, the host would usually complain of a sore throat and a runny nose. Unfortunately, the liquid running from… Continue reading “Last One Out Hits the Lights” by Charlie Chitty

“A Gap Where Love Used to Be” by S. D. Jones

‘Slow down!’ ‘Okay.’ ‘Slow down.’ ‘I heard you.’ ‘Where did it come from?’ ‘The ocean. Down there. It’s pretty common around this area.’ ‘But so suddenly? There were green fields over there a second ago, and those great grey cliffs. Now I can’t see anything. Even those sheep have disappeared.’ ‘I can’t see a damn… Continue reading “A Gap Where Love Used to Be” by S. D. Jones

“Seven years in the City” by Ron Clinton Smith

Before beginning an acting career, the only thing I wanted to do was write. I rented a dark little hovel in the basement of a large yellow house on Winn Park for ninety dollars a month, an upscale, eclectic, colorful neighborhood near downtown Atlanta. Peachtree bordered one side, Piedmont Park the other. White-columned mansions mixed… Continue reading “Seven years in the City” by Ron Clinton Smith

“What Are You Afraid Will Happen to You?” by David Bassano

  The waiting room at Batavia looked like that of a business suite except for the walk-through metal detector next to the front desk. It was obviously a new building and very clean. Lena and I signed in at the desk and passed through the metal detector after handing the guard our keys; then we… Continue reading “What Are You Afraid Will Happen to You?” by David Bassano

“The Boy and the Whale” by David Bassano

“It’s okay to carry metal into the building,” said Father. “Just make sure you leave every last bit in the locker room.” “Okay,” said Trevor. Mother finished packing their lunches into cylindrical metal canisters in the kitchen, her morning ritual for many years. She came out to the parlor and placed the canisters, one new… Continue reading “The Boy and the Whale” by David Bassano