Did Anyone Order Pizza?“Everyone better be here, because I’m calling this meeting to order at two and not a second later.”The speaker is none other than Rika herself. It is Marcel’s first meeting with any councilperson present, and he shifts awkwardly in his seat. Rika is by far the most terrifying person on the council, and being the only member present she holds every ounce of authority in the room. And true to her word, the meeting starts at exactly two o’clock, and every one of the three stragglers are given a very disapproving stare even as she continues speaking.But then, just as she is about to call the meeting to order, the wall before Marcel’s eyes begins to shift. He blinks, rubbing his eyes, and staring with a mixture of terror and astonishment as what can only be a portal forms. The room erupts into momentary chaos as people attempt to talk over one another, and Marcel along with several others in the room reach for their weapons. A man dressed in the strange
StargazingSometimes, when Keahi can’t sleep, she watches the stars.She supposes it’s because it makes her feel closer to the ones she’s left behind. Home is so far away now, and she isn’t sure when she’ll get to see it again – if ever. Sometimes she lays where she’s rolled out her mat for the night and imagines that wherever they are, they are also looking at the stars. She wonders if they ever think of her and Mana too.Mana joins her late one night and they sit in silence, staring at the sky together. Keahi wraps Mana in her blanket, and they huddle for so long that eventually her eyes grow heavy. But just before she does fall asleep, Mana murmurs, “I miss them too. All the time.”And the next morning when she wakes, Keahi doesn’t quite remember either of them ever grabbing Mana’s blanket for extra warmth.
Procrastination“Do I want to know why you’re here, ordering a large latte with an extra shot of espresso?”It isn’t the first time Mana has asked – and it won’t be the last either – so she continues making Keahi’s drink as she awaits her twin’s response. Keahi rests her elbows on the counter, watching Mana work.“It’s only eight.” Keahi answers, raising an eye brow at her. “I’ve been here at closing like three times in the past month.”Mana securest the lid on her sister’s drink before setting it in front of her “True,” she admits. “Eight is pretty early for you. So really, what are you here for?”“Thinking about the process in which information is stored in long-term memory.” Keahi answers casually, taking a long sip of her newly acquired beverage. “I also have a ten page paper on retrograde amnesia that’s due tomorrow morning and I haven
Trust Me“I’ll draw their fire.” Mana says. She sits on the giant bird she just created, hands gripping tightly onto the harness. “That should give Clayton and Xander some cover.”Many members of their party nodded in agreement; as long as their enemies are focused on Clayton and Xander, they will never be able to regroup. Keahi is not one of those people, however, and she pushes her way to the front to meet her. “No, it’s too dangerous.” She sternly adds when Mana opens her mouth to protest, “then I’m going with you.”Her stomach twists when Mana simply shakes her head. “You can’t, Keahi,” Mana answers, gently. “People need you here.”And though Keahi won’t admit it, she knows she’s right. For as long as she can remember, she’s always looked out for her sister. She wishes she could do that longer, but those days are long over. Mana is no longer someone who needs protection. This wo
The Unexpected VisitorHad it not been for the retired pirate possessing the mirror, they’d be home free.Her body temperature runs inhumanly hot, and she was holding the mirror when the pirate appeared. Frightened, she singed the edges of the frame. He had been there for centuries, and he was furious. The pirate was convinced their organization had trapped him there in the first place, and demanded to be freed.And as the rain continued to pour, someone suggested tossing the mirror, and another eagerly rolled their window down. The pirate was absolutely offended as he crossed his arms, scowling at them.“Rude.”