Writer from Virginia (USA). I was named a finalist in the latest Owl Canyon Press Hackathon, and my story “Land’s End Light” is publishing in Abyss & Apex on January 1, 2022. When not writing, I enjoy collecting records and running races.
Before the Dawn
Cold. Dark. Miserable. These words echoed through Corporal Stanley Halliday’s head as the patrol advanced through the pre-dawn gray. Frost already crawled along the barrel of his musket, and he felt the growing sensation of ice against his thigh where his knife hung.
Outside Mission Parameters
Sixty seconds after launch, and everything was running smoothly. Michael ran through the checklist for the twelfth time, eyes flicking across the flight control dashboard. Fuel holding steady. Engine temperatures normal. Approaching 60,000 feet.
Beyond the Cape
Out along the rocky crags that formed the coastline, I walked through the autumn sunshine. It was a daily habit rooted in all the good intentions of health and clearing one’s mind, but I had recently found another reason drawing me out into the cooling air. The pine trees thinned, and I began to pick my way along the pile of red and gray boulders that formed the cape. On this spit of land jutting into the dark waters of Mobjack Cove and the Atlantic beyond, I often found a solitary fin plying through the waves.
King of the World
Only at the end do we truly appreciate the beginning. I’m not sure which moron said it, but the phrase kept repeating as I walked through the wheat field. Today, the sun hid its face behind the clouds, and a cool breeze ruffled the countless tan stalks all around me. Not so long ago, I would have been grateful for the wind to wick away the sweat beneath my brow, but now I cursed it. The endless rustling it caused made it impossible to listen for anything else moving in this field.