The Runners (Stories on a Theme – “Hope”)

Winya dropped her bags on the floor. The metal floor rung out as the heavy bags slammed into the floor. Winya winced. Rugs, then, Winya thought, looking around her tiny apartment. The apartments on Esl-5 were small, expected really given the relative infancy of the nation. The habitable parts of the planet were only two … More The Runners (Stories on a Theme – “Hope”)

Plane (Stories on a Theme – “Travel”)

“Please prepare for take-off.” The Captain’s voice echoed through the plane. Yasmine squirmed in her seat, barely able to keep in her excitement. Despite the mark, despite the gloves, the stress of it all. Finally, she could travel again. She glanced at her husband. Mark was already asleep, eyes shut, head tilted back in the … More Plane (Stories on a Theme – “Travel”)

Finding Home (Stories on a Theme – “Soft”)

Rain hammered around them. Another storm, this one would hopefully pass quickly. In that moment, Rantia did not feel the rain smacking into her shoulders and soaking her clothes. She was lost in her memories, of happier times, of a home that was full of love and joy and wonder. “You ready?” Veran’s voice crackled … More Finding Home (Stories on a Theme – “Soft”)

Create my Own (Stories on a Theme – “Family”)

“Oi don’t eat all the dip,” Rachel yelled across the room. She vaulted the sofa, grabbing the last of the dip from Trae’s hand and proceeded to spoon it directly into her mouth. “Children, please,” Unash sighed from the corner of the sofa. She was the eldest of them all by 6 months, but her … More Create my Own (Stories on a Theme – “Family”)

Family Tree (Stories on a Theme – “Family”)

Hannah looked over the birth certificate on her screen. The writing was difficult to make out, but she could just about see the word Mary Jane Smith etched into the paper. Her great-great-great grandmother. She tapped the few buttons to add Mary Jane Smith to her virtual tree. The computer page flickered, changing to show … More Family Tree (Stories on a Theme – “Family”)

One of the Crew (Stories on a Theme – “Family”)

“Let us raise a toast, to Mito!” Captain Ralaydin raised her mug high into the air. The rest of the crew followed her example. Mito blushed. Not from embarrassment, he appreciated the gesture, but all twelve pairs of eyes staring at him was a bit much. Mito raised his glass to. “To the successful Blood … More One of the Crew (Stories on a Theme – “Family”)