Power Play

A Broken Circle Story

Power Play

Power Play

A Broken Circle Story

Short Story by Rei Rosenquist



Jordin and Pepper lay lazily in a park when the lights go out. All of them. A blackness opens up that fear fills with every nightmare.

“Could be a power outage.”

“There’s no light for hundreds of miles.”

The city tries to stay calm. On every mind, a single question arises. Will the light ever come again? And if it does, what ruin will it reveal?


Rei Rosenquist first remembers life as seen out the high window of a hotel balcony. Down below is a courtyard, swarms of brightly dressed tourists, the beach. The memory is nothing but a blue-green washed image. Warmth and sunlight. Here, they are three years old, and this is the beginning of a nomadic story-teller’s life.

Over the years, they have traveled to many countries, engaged many peoples, picked up new habits, and learned new languages. But, some things never change. For them, the constants of life are stories, food service, and traveling. These three passions have bloomed from hobbies, studies, and jobs into a way of life.

These days, Rei can be found in between Tokyo, Kailua Hawaii, and Bellingham Washington pouring beautiful latte art, baking off a batch of famous savory scones, and cozying up with a laptop to obsessively write dark speculative fiction that aims to inspire light.