THE TRIDENT

October 11, 2017

‘Where’s my slender trident? I distinctly remember leaving it leaning against the shed. Is it leaning against the shed? No, it is not leaning against the shed. So where is it? I’m looking at you, Bernard,’ said the witch. ‘Look at me all you want. I know nothing about the silly trident,’ replied the raven, […]

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THE HOLLOW

October 4, 2017
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‘Oh, find the ghostly hollow where color melts away, and deadly shoots of cane await in silent fog so gray,’ sang the grandmother. ‘Why is the cane deadly? Why is it foggy in the ghostly hollow? How do I find it?’ asked the granddaughter. ‘You must discover the answers to the first two questions on […]

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WHITE MOUNTAIN

September 23, 2017

Euphonia Gasp stormed into the witch’s cottage and flung a worn out shoe against the wall. Then she flung another worn out shoe against the other wall. The witch glanced up from her sewing and smiled. ‘I take it you haven’t succeeded in finding White Mountain,’ said the witch. ‘No. There’s no such thing. You […]

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TENWILLETT

September 18, 2017

‘I’m going,’ said Tenwillett. ‘Some fool has to get the supplies, and it might as well be me.’ ‘You mustn’t,’ said Lila, but not forcefully. The rest of the dregs trapped in the cabin averted their gazes to contemplate the warped floor of the hastily built shack. Outside, the wind howled. A sneer curled a […]

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CLOWNS

September 13, 2017

The clowns entered the dining room. Names neatly printed on discs above the salad forks at each place setting guided them to their assigned seats. They stood solemnly behind their chairs until Baffy, president pro-tem, indicated that they should be seated. Rollo and Ducky were invited to stand and recite the pledge. They did so. […]

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CANDELABRA

September 4, 2017

Once in a land lost long ago, the royal family despaired. Each of the fourteen regal sons of the regal lord and regal lady had failed to free the land from the shackles of enchantment which rendered the land’s every living creature clumsy. Constantly heard were cries of ‘Sorry about that’ and ‘Whoops’, not to […]

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JEWELS

August 28, 2017

The display of jewels twinkled on top of the square cut board. The baker’s assistant nervously shifted her weight from foot to foot. And why not? She had won the right to select one jewel by winning the hopping race, outstripping by a good margin all the other assistants in the flung far and wide […]

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PRELUDE. LUDE. POSTLUDE

August 22, 2017

Prelude The wind kicked up at dawn. Tumbleweeds bounded across the desert. A few bumped to a halt against the shack. Lude Defeating sleep, he knuckled his eyes open, yawned and stretched. The gun was at hand. He rewarded himself with one final glance out the window, nodded, picked up the gun, aimed it, and […]

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TO BE OR TO BE ANOTHER THING

August 7, 2017

After the 5th divorce, he began to wonder if something might be wrong with him. Looking in the mirror, he noticed that his head was a clubbed featureless stump. That might be it, he decided. However, in spite of his appearance and his less than stellar relationship history, he was seeing a new woman. She […]

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THE MODESTO OBSTINACY

August 5, 2017

Once upon a time in Modesto a young girl refused to eat any strawberries whatsoever for the entire month of August. Authorities summoned from Hollister were baffled. Experts from Delano refused to get involved. When the young girl’s parents pleaded with her one final time on August 31st, the young girl  placed her half eaten […]

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