Rain poured down in unforgiving torrents. The windshield in Dariusโ€™ Uber taxi was steamy despite him setting the defogger to full blast. Visibility was nil except for the blurry blobs of streetlights that intermittently illuminated the windshield. Darius was fighting to stay awake in the...

Bertram couldnโ€™t be sure how long Emeline had been dead. She'd been in the bathroom, taking one of her late afternoon soaks. He hadn't heard a peep out of her since she'd turned off the faucets over an hour ago. He didnโ€™t think much about...

โ€œDonnie, when are we gonna stop?ย  Iโ€™m tired, and I need to pee.โ€ย  Shannon and Donnie, her sometimes boyfriend, had been driving for hours.ย  Theyโ€™d left Georgia for Arizona two days earlier and still had a ways to go.ย  The trip was more of a...

Ryan and Nicole Sullivan parked their SUV in front of the badly weathered Victorian house. They had purchased the old home sight unseen at a bank auction for pennies on the dollar. Unbeknownst to them, the price reflected the houseโ€™s curious history, but as successful...

โ€œIโ€™m late.ย  Iโ€™m late for a very important date.ย  No time to say hello, goodbye, Iโ€™m late, Iโ€™m late, Iโ€™m โ€ฆ..โ€ โ€“ The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland โ€œโ€ฆlaaate!โ€ thought Bryan as he sped from his third-floor apartment.ย ย  He pressed the down button at least...

โ€œPeter?ย  Oh, Peter?ย  Itโ€™s time to wake up, sleepyhead.โ€ย  The quiet voice drifted through the blackness of the small enclosure, like a fall leaf looking for a place to land. Peter lay sprawled across a concrete floor.ย  His eyelids fluttered as the sing-songy voice pulled him...

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