Mechanical MalfunctionAs the midnight breeze fluttered his overcoat, he carefully checked all of his equipment. He clicked his night vision goggles on and sprang into action, jumping from the rooftop. He counted floors as he fell, carefully aiming his grapple gun and, in a moment that seemed to take forever, finally shot. The steam engines pounded louder than the sound of the grappling hook connecting itself. He swung on the cable, kicking his way through a glass window, rolling on the floor and onto his feet, nimble as a cat. Success.Mechanical Malfunction3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The door on the other side of the room opened with a mute click. Preferring action over thought for once, he ran. Pneumatic pistons on his boots clicked and clacked on every step, doubling the ground covered, increasing his speed. Grandstepping Boots, she called it. She never saw them working, he remembered. His determined grin covered by the gas mask, he kicked the guard hard and fast as soon as the door was opened. He took tha guard in his arms, arresting his fall ca
The day she stopped tryingShe stood in front of a clock store. When she was a kid, the constant tic tac of clocks felt comforting. She enjoyed watching clocks, be they mahogany pillars, small round ones hanging from the wall or cuckoos.The day she stopped trying3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The grey sky vomited tiny drops of water, singing a sad song when they hit the black umbrella she had in one hand; the other hand rested inside her purse, squeezing something. She wore a dark brown overcoat, a pair of boots, denim pants and a shirt. Her perfectly applied make-up masked any imperfection that could have been born in the last two years. Her eyes, small from last night's crying, nervously scanned the deserted streets.
Suddenly, he was in front of her. Messy hair, stubble, jeans and T-shirt, exactly as she remembered him, every inch as handsome as before. Hands in his pockets. He had changed absolutely nothing.
"Hi.", he said as a half smile drew itself in his face.
"Hi.", she answered, more anxious than startled.
They just stood there for a while. She kept ho