CALLIOPE TINDALE

May 16, 2017

Calliope Tindale sat in the far corner where she had a clear view of the entrance. She trusted nobody and had her reasons. The waitress approached and said, ‘What’ll it be, luv?’ ‘I trust nobody and have my reasons. Is the egg salad guaranteed fresh?’ answered Calliope. ‘Sure it is,’ said the waitress. ‘I don’t […]

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EONIA

May 8, 2017

In the concrete city of Pastel, the pavement sweeper’s daughter, Eonia, was often observed standing on the pebbled slab nearest the small square of dirt and tugging on one of the auburn ringlets hanging below her left ear, a sure sign that she was deep in thought. ‘Eonia! Come mix the brick paste,’ called her […]

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THE FOUNTAIN OF WONDER AND GLORY

May 2, 2017

In the Valley of Soot the bleak town of Scraps sprawled in the mud next to the sludge stream.  In the worst of the huts Little Scratch crawled under the splintered beam to breakfast. ‘Here now finally, are ye?’ said Little Scratch’s mother. ‘ Eat your scrape of tar and hurry up about it before […]

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THE MAGNIFICENT WITCH OF OIN

April 26, 2017

‘I am so lovely,’ said the Magnificent Witch of Oin. She smiled at her image in the pearl encircled mirror. She shook her head softly side to side to watch her lustrous tresses sway. She sighed at the glorious sheen of her draped red satin gown. Could her hands be any lovelier? While gazing at […]

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THE TINIEST RAINBOW

April 17, 2017

One day the cloud city groaned and rumbled. The grand rainbows hurried to the assembly grotto, crowding and shoving in order to get the best view of the coming storm. Would the storm achieve enough moisture tumbling sufficiency in ratio to the sunlight to require a rainbow? And if it did so, which bow would […]

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THE LOCKET

April 12, 2017

In the pleasant Valley of Swords, not an implement of death was more revered than the Savage Locket of Terminal Agony. The Grand Scimitar housed the Locket in a steel mesh Lurk, a combination of dungeon and spa. Whenever danger threatened, such as when a lamb or a baby giraffe accidentally wandered into the valley, […]

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THE PARSON

April 4, 2017

They called him The Parson. From the day he rode into town on an ostrich, the town folk regarded him warily. From the top of his white beaded black Stetson hat to the tips of his blood red boots poking out from the long black curtain of his purple velvet coat he exuded power and […]

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THE CRIMSON STETHOSCOPE

March 27, 2017

Banished, the crimson stethoscope paused at the top of the hill to look back at the hospital one last time. ‘Move along,’ ordered the escort, a humorless rib spreader. ‘Take it easy, Jack. I’m going,’ said the stethoscope, waving its  earbuds in an obscene manner. ‘Right. That’s it,’ said the rib spreader, and it fair […]

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THE IGUANA

March 18, 2017

‘Who’s who? What’s when? Where’s why?’ said the iguana to the tarantula. The tarantula, not one to be entertained by nonsense, more, in point of fact, like one to be enraged by nonsense, sank her poison escorting fangs into the iguana, thereby killing it, and dined on iguana haunch off and on for the next […]

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THE SISTERS

March 12, 2017

When, in a queendom far away and long ago, the Queen gave birth to identical twin girls, a soothsayer was summoned to say the sooth. Regarding the infants with his deeply knowing eyes, the soothsayer said, ‘They must be parted before they reach the age of ten, never more to meet again.’ The Queen said, […]

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