Continuum

CONTINUUM | Short Story Download

Read Elayna's sci-fi short story, CONTINUUM, which was first published in Issue 02 of the WIZARDS IN SPACE literary magazine. Once your payment has been submitted, please allow 24 hours for your order to be received and your digital download (PDF) to be emailed to you. For questions, please reach out to us on the CONTACT page.

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Preview of CONTINUUM

THE WEIRD PART

Of all the things I guessed may come of the black box that mysteriously appeared in my apartment, parallel universes wouldn’t have made the short list.

It was a muggy late June evening—and the four year anniversary of the worst day of my life—when I came home to discover it. I’d spent the day at my very vanilla day-job listening to a co-worker complain about how involved her mom was trying to be in her life. I tried my able best to be empathetic, despite not being able to relate at all.

Instead of a family home, I had my little apartment that felt horribly empty since my roommate/best friend/greatest person in the world, Cheyenne, left two months prior. She was off to pursue a dream job in New York, while I was left to my lonely cat lady existence in the heart of South Philadelphia.

All I had left now was Bucky, who was right at the door when I walked in that dreary day. My usually mellow cat seemed elated to see me, nuzzling my legs and meowing loudly like he hadn’t seen me in weeks. I kicked off my shoes by the door and scooped him up into my arms, burying my face in his long pitch black fur to plant kisses on his head.

I rubbed his ears, the left of which had a little gray splotch that vaguely looked like a star, and plopped down on the sofa. Cuddling with him made the gnawing sense of sadness that always accompanied this dreaded June day feel just a little less marked. “What do you say Buck, Twitch streams and ice cream tonight? How’s that sound?”

That was when I noticed the box.