THE CRIMSON STETHOSCOPE

March 27, 2017

Banished, the crimson stethoscope paused at the top of the hill to look back at the hospital one last time. ‘Move along,’ ordered the escort, a humorless rib spreader. ‘Take it easy, Jack. I’m going,’ said the stethoscope, waving its  earbuds in an obscene manner. ‘Right. That’s it,’ said the rib spreader, and it fair […]

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THE IGUANA

March 18, 2017

‘Who’s who? What’s when? Where’s why?’ said the iguana to the tarantula. The tarantula, not one to be entertained by nonsense, more, in point of fact, like one to be enraged by nonsense, sank her poison escorting fangs into the iguana, thereby killing it, and dined on iguana haunch off and on for the next […]

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THE SISTERS

March 12, 2017

When, in a queendom far away and long ago, the Queen gave birth to identical twin girls, a soothsayer was summoned to say the sooth. Regarding the infants with his deeply knowing eyes, the soothsayer said, ‘They must be parted before they reach the age of ten, never more to meet again.’ The Queen said, […]

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THE THIRD WISH

March 5, 2017

Once during a time of uneasy peace, a storyteller roamed from village to village. This storyteller wore a tattered green cloak and a drooping gray stocking cap. When news of her approach arrived, the elders would send all the children to gather in the square while they themselves hid away in cellars, not making a […]

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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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