Worlds Apart

There’s a world apart from the everyday lives of students, shopkeepers, and salarymen in the Fusovian polis, Settsu. In back alleys, abandoned lots, and empty schoolyards, wayward youths battle for the right to call themselves, the Strongest Man on the Streets of Settsu. No one alive has a better claim to that infamous title than Marcus Mustang, a Hellene loner seemingly twice the size of his peers. He spends his days besting the toughest, meanest, and ugliest delinquents in street fights, earning him the name, the Bulking Bronco.

Until tomorrow, that is.

Tomorrow, the Bulking Bronco graduates from middle school, bringing an end to his reign. Too poor to continue into high school or to train at one of the many martial arts gyms in the city, his only future is menial labor and the struggle to survive alone. The dream of one day winning the world famous Gekitotsu Competition sets with the sun on his last day of school.

However, that day is not yet here, and the Bronco has an unexpected guest, the beautiful Fusovian girl, Ira Irie. No longer content with stalking, she confronts him with the hot-blooded passion of a street fighter. A single finger dares to call him out in what might be the hardest battle yet for the Strongest Man on the Streets of Settsu.

“I challenge the Bulking Bronco of Kitayama Middle School to a duel!”

To Be a Rock and Not to Roll

In the last city, Mammon, the sins of past lives are inked onto the skin of every man, woman, and child with tattoo-like birthmarks. The more skin the markings cover, the deeper their sins, and the less trust they’re given. Trust that Dias Drake, a young man with 24% of his body covered in markings, will need if he wants to realize his dream of becoming an explorer. However, in Mammon, someone that heavily marked will find gaining trust near impossible, and so, a storm rolls over the city when the marked underclass organize.

Shouts and raised fists call for every heart to be counted. Will Dias be counted among the marked in rebelling against the tyrannical SAFE Act, join the unmarked who hold his dream in their hands, or with everything to gain and nothing to lose, will he be able to keep a distant promise to not be blown away with everyone else?

Birth of a Wish

“There is no salvation for you,” the demon smirks from behind a gilded skull goblet.
Casey Logan fights to prove her wrong inside the salt strewn hellscape of the Akna Montes colony, alone. He clings to the hope of finding a ship in the last of the colony’s hangar bays. With a ship he can radio his separated men. With a ship they can escape together.
At the moment when the world ceases to make sense and the pillars that holding him up crumble into salt, will Casey feel the death of despair or the birth of a wish?

The Hounds at Our Heels

Their howls sound of shattering glass. They’re excited, hungry, and terrifying enough to steal my attention from the indignant man in front of me, Ron Nielson. He marches on with orders while I sit alone in his office to listen to him and hounds bark at the moon. “You need to send Confirmed two, three…

The Flower With No Name

Cold, alone, and starving, a young boy desperately searches for a way home in the forest he’s lost himself in. As he’s about to succumb to hunger and exposure, the sweet scent of hope tickles his nose. With his last burst of strength he chases after it, but will it lead him to salvation or damnation?