Havok Publishing

Category - Staff Saturday

Down to the Wire

“No, it’s the red one.” Gwen jumped, nearly slicing the black wire. The BD-001 droid hovered around her head like a pesky fly. Before her, the bomb strapped to the fuselage of the colony ship continued to count down...

My Sword, Mike

“Today is going to be a good day. I can feel it.” Roe strapped on his belt and gave his sword, Mike, a pat. “Ow.” Mike huffed. “I told you. No touchy-touchy.” “Somebody’s grumpy today.” Roe pulled on his boots and...

No Longer A Sidekick

I dive from the rooftop just before a second blast sends another explosion of bricks bursting from the building’s exterior. Above me, Captain Tremendous shouts, “Kid, get out of there. Now.” No need to tell me twice. I...

Cotton’s First Christmas

Tommy hopped down the basement steps, cupping Cotton’s fluffy brown and white body tightly in his hand. The hamster squeaked like he was saying “Oof,” with each step. The Christmas music Tommy’s mom played faded away as...

Stranded

I glance up at the heavens as I stride toward the launchpad. The usual thick, gray clouds churn in their eternal cauldron. There’s no reason to be nervous, I tell myself for the hundredth time. Most of the tests have...

The Ride

The wipers of the ’66 Corvette swept the rain from the windshield, but the downpour blurred Duncan's view of the darkened road, and the headlights didn’t provide much help either. After the day he'd had, he just wanted...

Static

Finlay’s alarm blared at eight a.m. ship’s time, waking him from another dream about Alaia. He opened his eyes to a room flooded with cold light. The stale, chilly air of the ship filled his lungs, and the distant...

Thanksgiving with the Little Prince

Prince Stewart Johannes Percival Ashford rolled over in his antique sleigh bed, yanking the Egyptian cotton sheets over his head. “Humphrey, go away. I’m sleeping.” Humphrey ignored the command, as he did every morning...

Mirrors

I hated to see myself. It happened from time to time. Living in the ruins of an old mall, there were bound to be a few mirrors around. Granted, I didn't have much use for department stores anymore—I’d already raided...

Flynn Flybear to the Rescue

I wound my way through octahedron-shaped tables occupied by a variety of alien species and approached the only other human in the bar. “Fancy meeting you here, Flynn.” As soon as his hazel eyes rested on me, I wished...

Just a Case of Distorted Reality

I shut to door to the conference room behind us. “Sir, please calm down.” “I’ll calm down when I get some answers.” Mr. Buxton rounded on me. “My boy went missing for more than twenty-four hours and no one can tell me...

The Drop

I’d given up screaming. I was terrified and sick, but what was the point? No one could save me now. The descent seemed endless, like I was doomed to fall for eternity. The throb of my heartbeat in my ears had faded, and...