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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Collateral

Charlie sat up and slid his palms up the curved glass, breathing a sigh of relief as he saw Grace finally return. He looked up at the clock on the wall—it was 3:30. Over five hours had passed since she had left. What had taken her so long?

Grace looked over at him with a slight frown, and then started talking to the sales clerk behind the counter. He couldn’t hear what either was saying, just muffled voices from this side of the thick glass, but he could tell by the way that Grace’s cheeks were puffing up that she was stressed. She had this nervous habit whenever she was overwhelmed where she sucked in air, but didn’t release, and often found herself hyperventilating. He hoped that didn’t happen right now. The last thing they needed was for her to faint–to fall over and break anything else.

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Magic Mirror – Chapter 4

Rick touched the surface of the mirror, tracing over the cracks that riddled the glass. Except for some distortion where one crack line met another, the reflection was accurate-the short brunette looking into her own deep blue eyes. She had seen this reflection before, but at that time it had been a novelty, a trick… Continue Reading

Magic Mirror – Chapter 3

“Thgir klat I t’nac yhw?”, Rick asked desperately, not sure what he was more distressed about, the gibberish that was spewing out of his mouth, or that the gibberish sounded like a chipmunk on helium. “No gniog s’tahw, nerak?” he pleaded to his girlfriend, looking straight at her-he didn’t want to visually acknowledge the body… Continue Reading

Magic Mirror – Chapter 2

Rick watched as the six foot two guy paced around his apartment, his girlfriend’s cell phone to his ear. “Aunt Betty, I need you to call me immediately as soon as you get this message. This is an emergency having to do with your gift,” he bellowed out in a deep barritone voice. He started… Continue Reading

Magic Mirror – Chapter 1

Rick sat on the couch playing Guitar Hero on the Wii, when his girlfriend, Karen, came stumbling through the door, carrying a flat-ish FedEx package that was nearly as large as she was along with other mail. “Hey, let me help you with that.” He hit pause and leapt off the couch to rescue her… Continue Reading

Study Group – Part 1

“So who’s ready for the World History finals?” Arnold asked the group of four fellow students assembled in the lounge. The response was a symphony of groans. “Professor Barkley sucks.” Jake whined, trying to fixate on the massive textbook in his hands while his legs dangled over the arms of the sofa. “If I flunk,… Continue Reading

Keynote Address 2015

DM Keynote Address Transcript: June 3, 2013 9:45 a.m. Doors open and the crowd filters in as White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human” plays over the auditorium’s loudspeakers. Various company milestones appear on the big screen underneath the store’s colorful and now iconic ‘DM’ logo. 9:50 a.m. “My Immortal” by Evanescence is now playing. The… Continue Reading

Guarantee

Guarantee

“Excuse me miss!” Troy called out to the girl with the black leather pants and blue satin tank top. “Yes?” the girl had dark red hair, and her arms were decorated in expertly done tattoos of flowers intermixed with a couple of random skulls. Her name tag said ‘Gina’. “Can I help you?” “My wife… Continue Reading

Genius Bar

Mike uncomfortably shifted his weight as the girl rubbed her face against the crook of his neck. He kept one hand wrapped firmly around one of her arms and looked over the receipt he held in the other. He glanced around the bustling store and then stared back at the monitor above, his own name… Continue Reading