BETEMUS QUOP

August 23, 2016

Betemus Quop gazed into the eyes of doom and took one involuntary step backwards and one voluntary step backward. Then both of his legs volunteered to flee with as much haste as Betemus could summon. He sped in a kind of whirling frenzy all the way to the mouth of the cave and shot out […]

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A TASTE OF THERE

August 16, 2016

Priscilla Raines opened the door to infinity and stepped through. It wasn’t even close to as serene as she’d imagined it would be. For starters, the plank walkway heading out onto the jetty was roughly hewn, crisscrossed with mismatched nails and rusted bolts and the occasional neon spike. The sea itself gave no comfort, gray […]

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THE SHOW

July 25, 2016

You place your ticket in the red velvet hand of the Squad King. He examines it with his pearl encrusted lorgnette, nods acceptance, and allows you to pass through the silk curtains of no discernible color. The spillway confronting you is domed above and flanked by a neat squadron of folding chairs. You seat yourself […]

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INCIDENT IN A LIFE

July 19, 2016

Clutching the magic charm so tightly in her fist that it drew blood, Belle Sklath seated herself lightly, legs tensed, ready to flee. The interviewer across the desk from her raised its head and barely glanced at Belle. The smile on the interviewer’s lips was more of an accusation of murder and a sentence to […]

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THE CRIME OF ALISON FENTLOW

June 29, 2016

When asked if she would care to imbibe, Alison Fentlow demurred. When shown the jewels of the Countess Malone, Alison Fentlow purred. When late at night the Countess slept, Alison Fentlow stirred. When in the morning shouts of loss Alison Fentlow heard, she slipped away undetected with Count Raven Bold, her bird.

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THE FANGED WRIGGLER

June 1, 2016

Charles Bentlow slid from concealment behind the rhododendrons, furtively glancing to his left. Had he in addition glanced furtively to his right, fortune might have smiled and guided him to safety in the boathouse. However, his glance to the left lingered a beat too long, thereby solidifying in perpetuity fortune’s frown on Bentlow’s subsequent demise. […]

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THE TRAIN

May 16, 2016

The train rushes along the track, puh tick puh tack puh tick puh tack. You, tranquil, serene, almost mesmerized, gaze at the scrubby sage brush flashing by outside. A discreet rap on the door of your compartment interrupts your train of thoughtless train thoughts. ‘Yes,’ you say. The door opens. The conductor, hat in hands, […]

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ADEQUATE COMPANION

May 9, 2016

During his lifelong search for an adequate companion, Jasper Tubbs once mistakenly thought he had succeeded. On a page with two columns, one headed ‘positives’ and one headed ‘negatives’, he had ticked off 8 items on the ‘positives’ side and 1 on the ‘negatives’. On the ‘positives’ side: elbows rounded in a pleasing manner, neck […]

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MEYERS

April 25, 2016

Meyers snapped his briefcase shut and nodded once firmly, well satisfied with the completion of yet another day’s work. He donned his fedora, nodded good evening to the receptionist, nodded good evening to Eddie, the elevator boy, and nodded farewell to Harwell, the guard stationed in the lobby. He passed through the revolving door and […]

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THE SUN CHASER

April 18, 2016

One day a long time ago Simple Septimus, the stable boy, asked his master, ‘What is the sun?’ ‘A great ball of fire,’ replied the master. ‘Where does it go at night?’ said Septimus. ‘Underneath to its golden palace where it rests and takes refreshment. Now get back to work,’ said the master. I would […]

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