“Bert”

Short Story by Ava Reiss I received positive feedback for the short stories I posted at the end of last year. As a show of appreciation, I’m sharing another :). This one was in my original short story anthology, Ava’s Shorts, and is sci-fi. I hope you enjoy!             An unassuming black sedan with armored…

“Imaginary Jace”

short story by: Ava Reiss             It was the first day of the “best years” of Eva’s life; the first day of high school. Her hands trembled, clutching the straps of her book bag. Studying a map of the halls, she found her homeroom. She turned uncertainly and trudged past a group of large boys….

“Runaway”

Short Story: Ava Reiss Trigger warning: has suggestions of self-harm Reid looked from the window of the attic in his Aunt’s old farmhouse. It was where he spent most of his time. The sun, low in the sky, set his walls ablaze. Brenna should be arriving soon. He closed his dark-web browser and wheeled his…

“Through the Rainbow”

Short Story by: Ava Reiss Erma’s Greek mythology book sat open to a page about the goddess Iris. It’d been unread for the last hour or so, despite an upcoming exam. Instead, she clutched her phone, sitting in the tollbooth she operated. There had been a lot on her mind the last couple of months….

“Fractured Shadows”

Short Story by: Ava Reiss “Kelsey, don’t forget to check your firewall after brushing your teeth,” a voice called from downstairs.             “Okay, mom,” the fifteen year old rolled out of bed. Fragments from her preloaded dream program flitted across her eyes. The first day of summer vacation greeted her as she eyed the backpack…

“What We Keep”

Short Story by Ava Reiss Mansako replaced a joint in his hip. It had been loose for a while, but they had lost track of the repair kit. He debated heavily on whether it was even worth the time. True, the worn joint made walking troublesome, but they wouldn’t be on Earth much longer. He…

Update

post by: Ava Reiss Hello friends! Ticana and I decided not to adhere to a schedule anymore when it comes blogging. Whenever we feel there’s something worth saying, or updating about our work, we’ll post. That being said… In being an indie author, one of the most important aspects is choosing where to dedicate my…

Hiatus Announcement

Post by Ava Reiss Hello friends. Thank you for your continued support through these trying times. Until further notice, I’ll not be contributing to monthly posts. Ticana Zhu will still be posting bi-monthly. There’s nothing wrong. I just feel Cycles of the Lights has taken over my life. As much as I’ve loved it, I…

Reincarnation Considerations

post by: Ava ReissStarting in June 2020, we will be posting once per month, alternating between Ava Reiss and Ticana Zhu. Blog posts will appear the first Tuesday of the month. I’m not certain I believe in reincarnation 100%. I do most of the time. Yet, when it comes down to it, the lack of…

I’m Alive

Post by Ticana Zhu My apologies for the late post. With so many things occurring on a global scale, I struggled to organize my thoughts. I’m doing well, however. No real complaints. My shelter is secure—for now. I have plenty to eat and new pets. ​(But not eat the new pets XD) Writing is not…