The thing that spoke to me had the face of a dead god but used the voice of my father. I had known to expect this. It was a by-product of the bonding ritual that gave a semblance of life back to this former deity. Not that any of the gods ever truly died,…Posted 1 year ago
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"which flavor cheese?"
"the yellow one."
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So by now we all know that there’s no logical explanation why bumblebees can fly, weight and wings and stuff, it shouldn’t be possible, but bees fly anyway. Perhaps bees are magical creatures, then. And the drop in bees’ quantity is alarming to the wizard…Posted 1 year ago
Prunella turned from her novel and rolled her eyes in copious disgust.Posted 2 years ago
"Okay, so... Yeah. We've got this." Captain Gaia looked us over. "Hero Corps, let's..."
"Uh, question." Even I couldn't believe I had spoken up, never mind that I had just interrupted Captain Gaia!
He stared at me for a moment. "Is this going to tak…Posted 2 years ago
I don't know how I made it through what came next. The next days were a blur of pain, both physical and emotional, and fever dreams, in the rare moments when I slept.
My first task was to split the figure of my father in half, carefully using the tools o…Posted 1 year ago
I held that piece of flesh up before me, bitter distaste filling my mouth. If what my father and I had done before had been blasphemy, this was surely something far worse, to desecrate the body of a god in such a way.
And yet it was necessary. This war b…Posted 1 year ago
Well the new pickles of the litter got along great with me, we played tag and price and code and dead and then we all bundled up in our garters and gilt and glit and flit and kilt and were in the bin of shipping in a nonce.
The dear improprietor of me got…Posted 1 year ago
Today was an awesome day! !
You know that carton of pickles in the back of our fridge, the one on the roof? Well I was gnawing on the wrapper this morning when I finally broke through the plastic frieze packaging and got a mouthful of brine. …Posted 1 year ago
I've been straining to stretch my smile
clenching my cheeks along with my teeth
as sweat soaks my smooth armpits
and my straight spine begins to spasm
exhausting myself to keep my comfortable life
of useless meetings and endless paperwork
as I content…Posted 38 hours ago
You've been my faithful companion for so long I can't imagine.....
your sticky sweetness in my mouth
your crooked teeth grazing my ear
your constant whispers
and sweaty skin
always accompanied by a shiver racing down my spine
To cup my heav…Posted 18 hours ago
I finished the last line with a flourish, dropping the quill back into its pot and shuffling the pages together. Tucking my chair under the table, I made my way to Katy while weaving past pot handles and trays that dangled and protruded over various surfa…Posted 4 days ago
There's a joy in anticipation, you know? In already composing the email response you're hoping for before you even open your laptop at the diner?
I've sent off hundreds of pieces for publication before. My poems and essays and shorts are scattered ac…Posted 3 days ago
I've got a monster in my chest
A sad one
Like the evil Eeyore that hides underneath your comforter at night when the room is too hot and your skin is too cold and everything is too much and not enough and you're certain that you're dying inside of your sk…Posted 1 year ago
Challenge the limits you set for yourself
When you were too tired to predict the consequences
Examine the desperation behind daily darkness
A poisonous buildup within a practice of working through lunch
And the costly decision to pay for drinks instead of…Posted 18 hours ago
I had been there working on the same sentence for an hour when she slid into the booth across from me.
Her smile commanded my attention like I was a ship lost in a storm and she the guide light from a light house. Delightfully, I could see a garden of wh…Posted 5 days ago
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Liz Redmont needed a new start.
She decided this, while staring down the donut-shaped puddle at the bottom of her coffee mug.
It had been less than two weeks, since Emily had broken her heart. A week since she'd moved out, leaving Liz behind in an apar…Posted 7 months ago
"The limes? I thought we were going to try this batch with oranges."
"Oh... right. Sorry."
"Focus, Mitt! We can't afford to make mistakes."
He couldn't help but flick a glance up at her, just as she did the same. A silent exchange, completely deniable …Posted 8 months ago
Looking both over her shoulders and glasses, she raised her penciled eyebrows.Posted 2 years ago
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 9 months ago
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 8 months ago
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 8 months ago
"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 8 months ago