THE SECRET BLOOM

March 18, 2019

The village blacksmith and his good wife raised three daughters. At the time of this story, they were 14, 12, and 10 years old. They found time one morning to gossip by the well before returning to the boring tasks assigned to them. “The queen has a secret bloom,” said Egborn, 10 years old. “So?” […]

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THE BEAST’S PARTY

March 12, 2019

The beast with five eyes entertained lavishly, sparing no expense. Chandeliers hung from chandeliers. Each footman was issued a pair of smiling Irish eyes and a gold-studded thermometer. Every member of the kitchen staff was frosted with live minks. On arrival, guests were dipped in a large vat of chocolate and ushered into the main […]

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AN INCIDENT

March 6, 2019

The storm lashing the town at noon went completely undetected. Ten minutes earlier: Tim Ketchum wore a carbon cap. James Billet tickled the lame rabbit. The Widow Hanley was seen brandishing a knife at Monroe Harper. The stones stacked at the end of Main Street disappeared one at a time into Tredmont’s Saloon. Ed Tilton […]

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GOLDEN OLDIE – MOMENTS PRIOR TO THE YOUNG LADY’S ERROR

February 23, 2019

The professor’s cat moved with lark-like civility down the hallway. Plel Lolman smiled with his wooden mouth. Widow Chirp, the landlady, ladled dollops of treason pie onto broken dishes. The professor remained in his room twirling a mackerel in anticipation of Crimson Bloodhound Day. Mavis, the parlor maid, sat in the boiler room eating a […]

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MARBLE ANECDOTE

February 5, 2019

A cat’s eye marble, crystal clear with a neatly centered yellow ribbon twist, rolled across the rug and came to a stop next to a short heavy club which leaned against the wall in the corner of the room nearest the fireplace. “Excuse me, club, are you tall enough to see the clock? I’d like […]

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THE DREAM

January 23, 2019

Mudcakes drown in gray slurry stretching flat to the horizon. Bleak silence. Motionless. Two figures kneel. ‘Across there,’ says one. ‘It was in the dream. I do not know what it was. It hurt my eyes. I am too old. You go. I will wait for your return.’ ‘Yes, Grandmother. I will find it. I […]

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SNAGGLETUSKS

January 12, 2019

The new queen moved through her gathered horde of subjects in stately dignity flanked by her green bladed bodyguards. Individual blossoms shoved and jostled to gain position for a better view. ‘They say she has snaggletusks. Can you see? Does she have snaggletusks?’ asked a young bloom hopelessly blocked somewhere on the outerest edge of […]

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THE COBRA

January 7, 2019

Elias ’10 Bricks’ Atkinson hummed a merry Mozart tune. Simultaneously, he maneuvered the snow plow to and fro, rendering the parking lot usable. Satisfied, he brought the squat vehicle to a halt and exited the driver’s cabin. Hands on hips, he surveyed a job well done. He was killed instantly when a snow cobra flew […]

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NUDD NETTLE

December 30, 2018

Nudd Nettle glanced to his left. He wished to ascertain if the fellow over there was armed. A glint off a rifle barrel told him all he needed to know. A spinning leap and dive brought Nudd Nettle’s jaw crashing against a good sized rock. Rendered unconscious, Nudd sprawled at the path’s edge. One of […]

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THE SUN WRAITH

November 21, 2018

Once in a land where desert dunes writhed under the lash of sun-hot wind gusts a grandmother and granddaughter sat in the coolness of their burrow listening to the angry roar. The grandmother leaned forward to speak above the din into the granddaughter’s ear. ‘Now is the time,’ she said. ‘You must find the oasis, […]

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