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#210 – Protector

by Daniel Brenton on September 28, 2016

in Horror

5 Second Novel #210 - Protector - Panel 1

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#209 – The Last President

September 14, 2016
5 Second Novel #209 - The Last President

Pastor Joel Wallace was still in shock — as was most the world — from the previous night’s events. He sat in the West Wing lobby, waiting in visceral and barely controlled terror. The President, at the conclusion of his first State of the Union address, had been joined by his wife, every sitting judge of the Supreme Court, as well as by the majority and minority leaders of both houses. Together, in a moment that would be seared into his memory for the rest of his days, they had shapeshifted in front of everyone in attendance … [ … ]

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#208 – An Empty Place at My Gramma’s Table

August 31, 2016
5 Second Novel #208 - An Empty Place at My Gramma's Table

Gramma was fading. She was comfortable enough in her hospice bed, but Dad couldn’t seem to find it in himself to leave his trade conference to be there for his own mother, damn him.

“Erica, come close,” she said, in the hoarse whisper that was all that was left of her voice. “I need to tell you something I have never told a soul.” [ … ]

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#207 – A Selfie for the End of the World

August 24, 2016
5 Second Novel #207 -  A Selfie for the End of the World

“Ryan, look at this.”

If today was really “it” we wanted Aubrey with us, and the last thing we wanted was for her to not stay in contact. She’d wanted an apartment close to campus, and somehow found a job in this wretched economy to support it. It was Friday, April 13, 2029 – “Armageddon Friday,” the media called it, as if it were some kind of joke – and there were already riots starting not far from her place. Everyone had been praying the astronomers had been wrong, but the prayer wasn’t answered … [ … ]

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#206 – Decisions, Decisions

August 17, 2016
5 Second Novel #206 - Decisions, Decisions

“Well, hello Avril. It’s been a while since Junior year.”

“Tar … Tyler! Thank God, finally someone who recognizes me. You would not believe the day I’ve been having.”

“Seven years, and I’m still ‘Tard-Face’.”

“Look, I’m sorry about all that, but I’m –” [ … ]

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#205 – The Flicker

August 10, 2016
5 Second Novel #205 - The Flicker

“I’ve got 350 million citizens panicking over this. I need to give them answers.”

James Ikehara, chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, nodded respectfully. It had been a mind-bending moment in his yard the morning before when he’d first seen The Flicker: the Sun repeatedly winking out and blazing back on in regular, almost mathematical patterns every 47 minutes. [ … ]

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#204 – There Be Dragons Here

August 3, 2016
5 Second Novel #204 - There Be Dragons Here

“You are completely safe. Go to the fear.”

“Go to the fear?” Holly Munden thought, feeling trepidation. Up to that moment she had allowed herself to luxuriate in an overwhelming sense of peace, and even love, that Daoud Hamad — the spiritual healer that had come highly recommended by her woo-woo friends — had induced simply by placing his hand on her heart. [ … ]

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#203 – As if They Had No Souls

July 27, 2016
5 Second Novel #203 - As if They Had No Souls

“I have wanted to chat with you, but I did not want anyone listening. I have a … ‘gut instinct’ that we will understand each other.”

As I stepped into the elevator at the end of my day, the conversation echoed on in my mind. I’d gotten to know Surendra Pawar with I.T. from when I’d needed desktop support over the past few months, and the quiet, perceptive man — when no one was in earshot — opened up to me. [ … ]

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#202 – Judgment Day

July 20, 2016
5 Second Novel #202 - Judgment Day

As his pro bono attorney Michael Harwell glanced at him quizzically, Terrence Green poured half of the contents of his water bottle in the trash, and then filled it back up with the contents of the other bottle he had brought. As Terrence swirled the bottle gently, the bailiff called his name. He and councilor Harwell made their way to a small table before the judge. [ … ]

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