Ferdie Taruc & Elino Benjamin Villegas

Ferdie Taruc, a former resident of the tropical island of Saipan, formed his love for expressive thought from the multifunctional forums found online, and from the various cultures he experienced as he traveled throughout the world. He hopes to create self-functioning A.I robots that will not only advance the age of technology, but also advance the destruction of the “everlasting” human race.

Elino Benjamin Villegas feels at home in the big city but is trapped in the suburbs of Southern California, and when he’s not writing the worst short story ever, he’s hammering out a blues lick on his black Epiphone, experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen, designing computer graphics and fan art, or practicing his latte foam art.

Stories by Ferdie Taruc & Elino Benjamin Villegas

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Illustrated by Michael Ilkiw

“How long did you think I would wait?” The oldtimer’s eyes were fixated at the middle-aged man who came rushing in the entrance. The man stood six foot high with a beaten-down duffel bag stretched across his chest and with a sweater that bore the name of the gym: Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Inside the dimly …