The Devil Lies

Whatever it was, it wanted what was under those stairs.  Mikey had to stop him; he thought about screaming, crying for help but that would just complicate things--and his father would hear about it.  Whatever happened, he had to deal with it himself. There was no question of turning around, not anymore. He knew what the thing wanted. Blood, and power.  

A Day To Remember

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

The Keeper

He was 214, coded as The Keeper.  The Keeper had full administrative privileges over the complex known as the Strongroom.  The Keeper was designed to protect the contents of the Strongroom.

The Cost of Salvation

The laser-pistol whined as it fired a shot.  A red-hot, gaping hole appeared in the beast’s throat, edges still glowing from the heat of the bolt.  The head recoiled, roaring in hunger and rage, but before it could strike again another bolt sizzled through one of the thing’s eyes.  For a moment the alien stared at Mallory with one terrible, luminous orange eye and one the pale lavender of the setting sky.  

Call of the Void

She remembered the last time she had held a gun.  She had been eleven, hunting rabbits with her father on vacation in a small cabin outside Bordeaux.  He had taught her to aim with both eyes open. She had killed eight rabbits that day.

Surely gangsters couldn’t run as fast.