1. Dogs travel with you, cats travel in tangent arcs.
2. “Stop thinking with your heart!” The alien grabbed the gun from Marc, but the refugees had already scattered into cover. With a curse it flung the gun back at him. “This nurturing thinking is counterproductive, you are ill-evolved for conflict.”
“Yeah, you keep thinking that,” Marc muttered.
3. Looking at the sky you’d swear it was seconds away from a downpour, but it’s been that way for days without a drop.
4. Two men show up at my door a week after my mothers death. They are polite but firm and I find myself buried in the minutiae of survivorship.
“I know,” he said, unfazed, “I wasn’t planning on leaving.”
2. Children only have two kinds of silence: Asleep and Up To Something.
3. There are no true pets here, every animal works to a specific purpose as decreed in the holy writ. Every spring those that fails the tests are fed to those that don’t and by this tempering the strength of the whole improves. The War made them weak, but the Word will make them strong again.
4. She was fine until the ghosts started following her to work.
5. That isn’t how the story ends, but he’s told it often enough to know that no one wants to hear the truth. So he tells them lies and they applaud and buy him supper and the dead go unavenged.
2. Every day she makes new resolutions and every night she breaks them.
3. It’s been passed down from generation to generation, wrapped in a disintegrating shroud of myth and legend that only hint at what lies inside. A relic of an ancient war waiting patiently for an attack that will never come.
4. For a second her brain insists it’s just a spider, but the legs have too many joints and it moves with a fluidness that’s distinctly alien.
5. The cat is fuzzy around the edges with quantum probabilities.
1. The best thing about running an inn is all the adventures come to him. It’s chaotic, but never boring!
2. There are too many things to do and not enough time– so she triages reality as the storm grows nearer.
3. Everything they try fails and in they end they are all infected. There is no immunity, no vaccine, and only fully infected children survive those first fragile hours after birth. No other ships can land and they can’t be allowed to leave– in a single generation my home become a world of the dead.
4. The soup is barely even flavored water, but it’s warm and plentiful and it’s easier to starve while feeling full.
5. “Why should I tell you anything? You’ll just get mad– you always get mad, no matter what you promise.”