#BookbedFictory 010: ‘A Universe of Two’

by Tina Balajadia Prompt: A universe where your soulmate’s first words to you are tattooed on your arm. And yours just happens to be an asshole. It was one of those rare days when the sun was shining but the clouds tempered the heat. The park was full of people who welcomed the brief respite from the continuous rain of the past few days. Both adults and children took advantage of the lovely day, some with pets in tow. Laughter could be heard over the occasional bark and the cacophony of sound that usually accompanied a bright sunny day in…

#BookbedFictory 009: ‘Y Norh Cana’

by Buñag Manlapaz  Prompt: You download an app onto your phone that lets you chat with your past self. “We left you all on your own spaces and yet, for some reason, some go out their cages. We would have been happy, really, if you all just keep running on the wheels we provided. Some rats eventually stop liking the cheese we feed them and eat away others ahead and break the rules that govern them. You shouldn’t have even tried and continued. But whenever you persist to free yourself, we will be there, at the end of time, watching.”—E.M.I.T. I…

#BookbedFictory 008: ‘One Pineapple Afternoon’

by Kristine Cuevas Prompt: Someone mistakes you for their blind date but you’re too polite to correct them. Saturday – April 16, 2:10 p.m. Mall Of Asia Seaside It could be the weather. Or the kids playing around. Or just me staring at the guy in front of me with his hand extended for a hand shake. I had no idea who he was or what he wanted from me. I was just having a relaxing time with my book and drink when he showed up. I squinted up at him, getting blinded by the sun for a fraction of a…

#BookbedFictory 007: ‘Makita Kang Muli’

by Christine May Romias Prompt: Panaginip lang pala ang lahat. Kasabay nang malakas na pagkulog at pagkidlat ay ang katotohanang malapit na akong mamaalam sa mundo. Takot na takot ako habang nakakuyom ang aking kamay sa aking dibdib, nagtatago sa ilalim ng lamesa. Kumakalabog ang aking puso sa sobrang tensyon sa paligid. Paano ako aalis sa isang lugar na ngayon ko lang nasilayan? Paano ko ililigtas ang sarili ko sa gulong kinasadlakan ko ngunit hindi ko alam kung paano nagsimula? Narinig ko pa ang pagsigaw ng isang lalaking may malaking boses. “Hanapin ninyo ang babae. Huwag niyong hahayaang makatakas.” Mga…

#BookbedFictory 006: ‘Eat Now or Never’

by Irish Fleur Prompt: Your family’s carinderia has had no competitors since the beginning until one day, a new one pops up right across your place. I looked at the canteen entrance and glanced at my watch. My friend and workmate Pamela had been chatting with me for the past thirty minutes but I wasn’t paying attention. Is he absent today? I shook my head and continued eating but stopped as soon as I saw him walking towards the ordering station. “Oh my! There he is!” I said as I wiped my lips. A Greek god just entered the canteen….

#BookbedFictory 005: ‘Speak, Ma’

by Karl Mabutas Prompt: You suddenly wake up one day with the ability to hear everyone’s thoughts. “The rise of a seemingly mystifying epidemic is causing a great uproar across countries alike. This new disease, as described from multiple unverified sources, is currently being pointed at some new bacteria: The brain contracts an undetectable infection from an unknown source, giving people the ability to hear other people’s thoughts coming through in the form commonly spoken by mouth. An asset as it may seem, but what happens inside is that the neurological functions overclock, basically working the neurons more than 10 times…

#BookbedFictory 004: ‘Black Love’

by Mayumi Cruz Prompt: Your (significant other) is rumored to be an engkanto. The brilliant red, odd-looking shape was what my eyes caught first. With each movement, it stretched out gracefully, much like a yawning mouth. And then, just as slowly, I watched it deflate like a balloon, going back to its original form. I frowned, searching my mind for what it reminded me of. But however hard I tried, it eluded me. I shook my head. My brain was not the same as before. Fog, debilitating, had crept in. The legs came into view next. I cocked my head to…