Charlotte and her best friend, Eleanor, are the same person—in different universes. They talk through a portal only they can see, a portal that Charlotte’s parents think is a hallucination. They worry she doesn’t have any “real” friends. Charlotte thinks there’s nothing worse than being treated like she’s broken just because she has a not-so-imaginary friend—until she sees the horrible way Eleanor is treated at school. She realizes that the portal has ruined both their lives.
The girls decide to switch worlds and try to solve each other’s problems: Eleanor will try to convince Charlotte’s parents that she’s real, and Charlotte will try to stop Eleanor’s bullies. In Eleanor’s world, everyone has superpowers, including the bullies. One of them is superhumanly lucky, so they never get in trouble, and another has scared the whole school into keeping away from Eleanor and now Charlotte. To make matters worse, nobody believes Charlotte in this world either, and Eleanor’s not acting like her friend anymore. The only way Eleanor will agree to switch back is if Charlotte stops the bullying for good, and the only way to do that might be with the help of some super friends. If she can’t convince at least a few kids to talk to her and stand with her against the bullies, she may be stuck in this world for the rest of her life.
Polygone (Parallelogirl 2)
Charlotte Ashdown keeps losing people she cares about. First, one of her portals disappears, and no one knows why. Charlotte is still reeling when her friend Nick’s little sister goes missing. While searching for her, Charlotte and her father find a clue that points to none other than Mr. Jacobsen, the blackmailer whose power Charlotte accidentally broke when she stood up to him.
Charlotte is still inexperienced with her power, having barely begun lessons on the twelve parallel worlds and her future as an exchanger. With the nearest other exchanger thousands of miles away and not even speaking her language, Charlotte may be all alone against a very dangerous foe, unless she can work with her friends to once again defeat a bully.
Murder on the Orion Express
On a luxury spaceship traveling to a resort planet for a major fashion show in the Bellatrix System, a plague has broken out among the security team. That night, teenage janitor Sparky La Sal finds a body floating in the pool at the bottom of the ship’s most popular water slide while cleaning. She gets recruited for the makeshift new security team, and even though she’s in way over her head, she begins searching for clues and finding that quite a few people might have motive for murder. But since the ship’s AI is disobeying orders and might be spying on her every move, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Sparky finds herself in greater danger as she puts the clues together with the help of a dreamy rich passenger, who may have secrets of his own.
An Exclusive with Sorceress Becki Edwards
A reporter at Famous magazine interviews the most successful sorceress of our time and leaves with more than she expected.
The New Neighbors
Alien refugees move into Clara’s trailer park. She begins to befriend them, even when their presence becomes problematic to the rest of the world.
In a world where everyone wears customizable holosuits, Heydon meets a pretty woman who still wears vintage clothing.
“The Suicide of Brunhilda Mackleby” was published in Leading Edge magazine in January 2015.