Archive for the 'Fiction' Category

May 1: The Werewolf Eater [1219 words]

There is mist in my nose, and it fogs my lungs as I pause and listen for the umpteenth time, seeking a sign. But the forest around me is starkly, grimly silent, the press of moisture and shadow deadening what little sound plays out along pine boughs and the mulchy undercarriage of the trees. I […]

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Sept 1: Art [881 words]

She swept a shed feather across the parchment, the thick texture of the handmade surface striping delicately with the last of the indigo paint. The layers of colors were subtle and deep: the yellowed ivory of the canvas itself was buried under midnight blue, pine green, charcoal grey, and nebula-violet. Around her, the neutrality of […]

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May 27: Agent [3642 words]

I was a plant, of the non-veggie variety, and I was watching the worst possible thing happen while I was on the job. The world was coming apart around me, and the very thing I had been sent to monitor was two rooms away. But there were walls collapsing and ceilings buckling and floors caving […]

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May 16: Architect [2556 words]

I was walking down the hallway in my office building, arms folded gentlemanly so that my hands were behind my back, when a hooligan stepped around the corner and punched me squarely in the jaw. I reeled back – as an internet scholar, I must say, my jaw is made of metaphorical glass – and […]

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May 8: Woodbaby [1120 words]

Hettie was twelve when she received the hand-made, fake-furred rod puppet as her birthday gift; her parents loved the Renaissance faires that blossomed like water lilies near the metropolitan oasis of Dallas, and one of the many merchant booths at the Scarborough Faire sold the quirky little creatures as toys. But Hettie treated her puppet, […]

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May 7: Technomancy [1819 words]

Heto forced a wide smile as he made his way through the dissipating crowd that had gathered to celebrate his graduation; his friends, peers, and professors streamed past him, many clapping him on the shoulder or pausing to shake his hand. He said all the right things, barely noticing his lips shape the words that […]

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May 6: Mavra [1038 words]

Little Key was humming as she made her way through the thickly-packed trees, old roots rising from dark soil to form a familiar path of obstacles. Mavra, Mavra, calling to the water, she sang under her breath, pausing as she heard the first raindrops strike the leaves of the so-green canopy above her. Mavra, Mavra, […]

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May 5: Light [1951 words]

My betrothed woke me in the middle of the night, breaking into my poorly-pitched tent and flinging herself across my chest. I spluttered and swore breathlessly as she clutched at my pajama shirt and tugged me into sitting up. “Amara,” she cried, “we’ve got to go– the mountain, it’s gone–” I closed my hands over […]

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May 3: Pentapus [1787 words]

A sharp pain lanced through my right ear as I dipped my bare feet into the frigid surf. The sea licked my soles, an immense hound happy to see me, so cold that it disoriented my nerves and kept my ear tingling until my toes went numb and the referred pain subsided. The wind was […]

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May 2: Stars [1889 words]

I crouched behind her, waiting. The muscles in my haunches were bunched, burning with tension, but I barely allowed myself to breathe as I watched her silhouette, stark against the starry sky. She stood for a moment at the top of the hill, less than three leaps away, her hands limp and useless at her […]

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