THE MAGIC WHEEL

February 26, 2017

Durabella was dutiful, kind, and never smiled. She roamed the fields far from her little cottage. She gathered herbs and bumbleberries for to make and bake a pie for the miller’s wife, who was ailing. When her apron’s pockets bulged with treasure, she turned to make her way home. So it was then on cresting […]

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THE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS

February 25, 2017

With a bit of neat footwork, the damsel in distress avoided the first goblin. The second goblin was no match for her speed. She simply outran it. When the third goblin came looming at her from the corn field, she veered hard left and sprinted to the silo. She tore the door open, entered, and […]

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SAND

February 21, 2017

Whips of his own hair lashed his face. The howling wind gusted above and around the dunes. Light swarms of sand took to the air and wheeled madly to crash against his fluttering cape. He reeled into the cabin and, after a struggle, shouldered the door shut. Exhausted, he fell fully clothed across the bed […]

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THE END

February 13, 2017

No food pellet had dropped onto the tray in at least a month or less. The Jigsaw Man sat in the corner and brooded over this single fact. He twisted his fingers together in a writhing knot. The walls of the cubicle, lit a dim blue, flickered momentarily, then somehow for the first time ever […]

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A NEW DAY

February 6, 2017

The exhausted survivors, bedraggled and triumphant, gathered in the meadow to hear their leader speak. Their leader raised his hands and nodded thrice. ‘My children,’ he began, ‘our long and dreadful journey is at an end. Yes, we have suffered loss and terrible pain, but now we are arrived at a new beginning. Here will […]

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DAMROTH

February 1, 2017

Damroth chortled. He had no other option. When the ability to simper had been forcefully removed from him on the previous Tuesday, chortling had been the only means of expression left for him to utilize. And so he chortled at the red table of scraps set before him. He chortled when the red table of […]

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THE BLUE FLAME

January 28, 2017

The blue petal of flame shuddered when he drew forward and softly chugged the cigar to life. ‘Thanks, doll,’ he said. ‘My pleasure,’ she replied, snapping the lighter shut, snuffing the blue petal of flame. They eyed each other warily. Outside, blue petals of flame descended in vengeful billions from the night sky.

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THE HIPPOPOTAMUS AND THE LARK

January 15, 2017

A clever lark landed on a low branch in a tree by the river. Below her a hippopotamus stood doing nothing at all. ‘I am a hippopotamus,’ said the lark. The hippopotamus looked up and said, ‘No, you’re not. You’re a little bird. I am a hippopotamus. See my two lower great dagger tusks?’ The […]

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TIM

January 3, 2017

Tim knew better than to confront Charles directly. Acting with this knowledge in mind, he purchased a helicopter, a false nose, and a swollen inflated plastic rabbit. After taking a slew of flying lessons and qualifying as a helicopter pilot, he nudged his little plan into motion. First, he flew in his helicopter with rabbit […]

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THE LOST LIBRARY CARD

December 31, 2016

You have lost your library card. Don’t go into the bedroom again. You have already searched it thoroughly. Try the kitchen. You know the card can’t possibly be there, but nevertheless, take a look. It isn’t, of course, not even in the high cupboard which has never to your knowledge been opened until this minute […]

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