THE LAND OF PIE

June 24, 2017

Once upon a time in the Land of Pie a call went out to all the cherry wedges scattered here to yon and back again to gather at once on the Platter of Display in the Central Courtyard. ‘What can this be about?’ asked Mavis, a slender cherry wedge hurrying through the rhubarb patch. ‘We’ll […]

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BUGS TERMAGENT

June 21, 2017

Bugs Termagent razored his way efficiently into the space between the quarreling wolves. Raising his fist with its atrophied fingers into a gesture of dominance, he noted with satisfaction the wolves cringing and slinking away, lowered tails dragging along the pine needle carpet. ‘I would have sustenance!’ he shouted to his wife, Perennia, before taking […]

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THE BAD PUMPKIN

June 5, 2017

Long ago in the Realm of Flowers a pumpkin grew to be huge, orange, and rotten. It rolled and bounced viciously around the garden wreaking havoc. Its cruel laughter rang all the day throughout the realm. The flowers, at a loss for what to do, held a secret meeting late at night in the old […]

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THE TEPID RECEPTION

June 3, 2017

Harleton Camber glanced down to reassure himself that the creases in his trousers were knifed perfection. They were. He noted the carnation artfully perched on his lapel in effulgent perfection, a song of white. Reassured, he tapped lightly on the gong. The door swung open. He entered the solarium. Over the heads of the amiably […]

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WATER

May 23, 2017

When Deems Strobing walked to the end of the pier, he expected to look down and see water. The shock he received was as if a bowl of lightning had been flung in his face. For it happened that upon looking down, he saw a sea of sand. Dry sand. Desert sand. ‘No! It can’t […]

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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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