Heaven's Not Enough 005: ProxyAt thirteen, Kadin met a boy. He had dark brown eyes and dark brown hair, and he was pretty in an almost painful way, but that wasn’t why she liked him. The boy told her that he once had a family: parents and an older brother. His parents had adored his brother, but when that boy died, the parents projected his ghost unto the younger brother, having loved his older sibling more.
Heartbroken and betrayed, the boy ran away from home into the city. He was weak and he was tired, but he was as cold inside as she was. Kadin took him under her wing without a second thought.
Syndoche Short Stories Part One#001
They don’t nod as they pass, yet I nod at them all, doing my best to be polite in a society that has forgone niceties in favor of silence. They won’t lock eyes with me, won’t speak, don’t gesture.
I join their ranks as I cross the city, but I’m an anomaly. I trip over cracks in the sidewalk; I step out of line to take a break. They persevere.
A day comes when something is different.
A woman blocks the line. I see frustration in the crowd.
I lock eyes with the woman; she smirks and approaches.
We talk: discuss the philosophical nature of humans who share one mind; she tells me that she’s dying. She is a Queen.
I never knew they had one.
You must replace me, she says.
But I’m a man, I say.
She smiles and leans forward. I hope for a kiss, but I am wrong. She buries her teeth in my throat, and I feel it. I feel them.
She dies then with my blood on her mouth.
I see the confused crowd, stumbl
Heaven's Not Enough 004: Daddy's GirlThe girl’s name was Kadin. She was in her early twenties, though she would be hard pressed to tell you her exact age. She spent the first thirteen years of her life alone with only a few vague memories of an inhuman father. She could remember very few things about him, but what she did know, she knew with certainty. One thing was that he loved her; another, that he was kind. Foremost, she remembered that his eyes glowed red and that he wore a black, writhing crown.
Kadin had no idea what or when started The Downfall of Mankind, but she knew with certainty that her father was probably what caused it. That, however, was one of her greatest secrets.