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  • A Twist of Lime

    "Hey, Mitt."

    Lost in my recollections of our initial experiments, I was startled when she broke into my thoughts.

    "Mitt. You there?"

    "Just finishing this sentence. Is something wrong, Katy?"

    I looked up when she didn't respond. She sat opposite me at …

    Posted 24 hours ago
  • Children of Angels

    A face cruel and beautiful appeared above us in the bright afternoon sky interrupting our picnic. James and I hadn't had a moment to ourselves for months thanks to a sleep stealing tax audit and the one day when we are nestled against each other like two …

    Posted 47 hours ago
  • The Splinter in the Soul

    I was surrounded. The priests stood before me, frowning. The crowd packed tightly behind the wall of guards. My family's faces had aged without grace and their hatred of me had only fermented with time.

    I drew a breath and felt the sun hot on my skin.

    "I …

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Scorched

    Everyone told us that tectonic instability had created the Furrows. Volcanic activity eventually emptied the magma chambers under the crust, sealing the earth and leaving deposits of obsidian everywhere. We could recite those facts like multiplication tab…

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Shaken, Rattled, and Rolling

    You cruise to a gentle stop at the red light. It's the end of the work day. You're looking forward to leftover lasagna, two hours of Netflix, and if the heat sticks around, a shower before bed. Traffic has been lighter than normal for a Thursday which is …

    Posted 3 days ago
  • A Compote of Lemon

    Katy fought down the urge to blush, taking amber-coloured jar and directing a spoon to coat the pastries. Mitaran took the tray with a light-hearted bow and spun it on one finger, firing up the underside in a dance of blue flames with his other hand. Pale…

    Posted 4 days ago
  • Red Eyes: Bloody Trailhead

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    Posted 4 days ago
  • The Eye in the Drain

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    Posted 5 days ago
  • Free to Love

    We climbed to the top of Memorial Hill. I didn't think too much of the flag flapping above us. My mind was totally on Nataxia. Her hand glowed inside mine, warm against the Autumn night.

    Stone benches ringed the flowerbed and the block of bronze emblazon…

    Posted 5 days ago
  • A Marmalade of Persimmon

    "I hope this is worth it."

    I finished the last rune on the page and looked up at Katy. Like the other Necromancy undergrads she wore traditional-looking heavy black dress robes. Unlike the pasty-faced teenagers of her year, though, she made it look good…

    Posted 5 days ago
  • Stay On!

    It wouldn't stay on.

    I tried several different sized of bandage but no matter what, after moments, it would detach on one side and I wouldn't be able to get it to stick again.

    It taunted me. I couldn't help but pay attention to the nuisance either becau…

    Posted 6 days ago
  • Dangerous Men

    “That was a warning shot, d-bee. Try anything funny and there won't be enough left of you worth burying.”

    Burning trees cast the area in a sinister play of crimson against the night's shadows. The rippling light twisted the soldiers into gross parodies o…

    Posted 7 days ago
  • Cliff Diving

    The trail here narrowed and dropped steeply down; one side a sheer cliff cut by the rapids and the other side a wall of rock. The base of the trail widened and flattened beside an old, sturdy pin oak tree.

    From here I watched a family carefully pick thei…

    Posted 7 days ago
  • The Great Escape

    I sat in front of the television. It had been a long night & a long day full of things in my head that most people probably wouldn't be able to fully understand.

    That was ok though. I wouldn't want them to be able to understand what I went through every …

    Posted 7 days ago
  • Crisis Bonding

    Three strangers crouched around a small fire, warming their hands. Despite that earlier two of them had come to the third's aid, they were keenly aware they weren't friends but momentary allies; strangers linked by their strangeness. None of them were su…

    Posted 8 days ago
  • Deck Tremor

    Captain Adriana Milosovic felt the deck tremble beneath her feet. It was subtle, barely even there at all, and yet it was enough that her senses came to high alert. She glanced around the bridge at her crew, but they were all engaged in their own tasks. N…

    Posted 10 days ago
  • Smoke and Metal

    The Priest lifts the lid away from the box and sets it to the side. The smoke inside the box swirls before him like an angry storm but remains in place for the moment. He dips a finger into the smoke, drawing out a long tendril of grey vapor. Then, with h…

    Posted 10 days ago
  • Languishing the Night

    The reeds outside swayed, swept by a breeze that I couldn't feel. The candles never wavered so it wasn't just me. The two mountains known locally as the Two Sisters stood high and dark against the star-filled night sky.

    “Why do we still wait? It's dark e…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Necromancers Like Cherry Filled Danishes

    The elevator stopped. Between floors. The doors remained firmly shut. Gregor groaned. He pushed the help button, but nothing happened.

    "Are you here for the convention?" asked a smiling man in a lime green chef's uniform.

    "No," growled Gregor.

    "Seems w…

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Strength is Weakness

    "Umm, there's no shoes allowed in here." The girl said, stretching long over her legs.

    I'd been in the same room at least two dozen times and no one had ever complained until now but I just nodded and said, "No problem."

    As I started peeling off the hee…

    Posted 13 days ago
  • A Dash of Cinnamon

    Katharine Espin Tarnath III let the door slam and dropped her bag to head upstairs. She slipped off the heavy black ceremonial robes - how anyone was supposed to wear these in the heat of summer, she didn't know - and pulled a long T-shirt over her head i…

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Predatory Behavior

    “Your dad doesn't want you hanging around here.” Me, I added silently.

    A woman leaned over a white rail, pointing at choppy waves and shouted Shark.

    Margot placed her palms on my kitchen counter and danced back and forth. “Yeah, I know. I don't see wh…

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Hairy Legs

    After lunch we had recess. As we exited the doors, most excitedly bolting for the best kickball and the honor of choosing their teams, a small group of boys hung back behind me. I was walking, not running.

    The yard teacher had stepped into the middle of …

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Evil Queen

    Every time I thought about her I wanted to fight her. Just a snapshot of her gorgeous eyes made me want to pluck them out. How perfectly white would her teeth be knocked out on the floor?

    In sick fascination I tracked her movements. I was a huntress and …

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Alone

    I saw them, all of them.

    I knew them.

    I thought they knew me.

    They were backing away. At about 2 meters, they turned their backs.

    All of them.

    They did not speak.

    I asked them questions.

    Why are you not hearing me?

    What is going on?

    They stepped farthe…

    Posted 14 days ago