FORESTER

April 14, 2018

Forester trembled. Gathering courage, he erupted screaming from behind the barn and scampered sobbing across the meadow. Vaulting the fence with a nimble twist, he took time to review his day so far. Having reviewed it, he fell heavily, and a stab of pain ran up into his face all the way from his knee. […]

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CHARM

March 21, 2018
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Pymascia, a young witch in search of a certain charm, looked down from her broom at the forest of garven trees. “Magenta root,” she muttered. Swerving left, she dove to darkness under the pale yellow garven canopy. Lightly landing, she stepped to the impressive trunk of the nearest garven tree. Wrinkled in swirls of magenta […]

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IDLE CURIOSITY

March 14, 2018

Curiosity Mowbridge paled when she saw the pink slip protruding from her time card slot. Her legs were slabs of senseless meat. No wonder she could barely drag herself home. Entering her spartan chamber, she toppled to the floor. She surveyed the dust bunnies under her cot. ‘I will clean under there in the fullness […]

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THE SNOW LADY

March 7, 2018

From the kitchen window, Grime Pertwig watched his sisters hard at work in the yard. The chains anchoring him to the wall allowed for an adequate arc of movement. Grime moved in an adequate arc to resume perching on his stool. He had no choice but to await his fate. ‘Pack more lower. Make it […]

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THE VERY STRANGE THING

February 26, 2018

The experiment went terribly wrong, and the professor quickly left on a journey to Tibet, after ordering his housekeeper, Mrs. Goody, to undertake the care of the thing. She did so reluctantly, but at her age finding another position would prove difficult. A comfortable routine developed in time. Mrs. Goody kept the bathtub filled and […]

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PORCUPINES

February 20, 2018

Having no tarps to mend, four tarpmenders sat around a table playing cards. The door flashed open. Little Alice stuck her head inside and said, “The porcupines are wearing pants. They invited me to join their dance.” She pulled her head back and slammed the door. The tarpmenders looked at one another, shrugged, and returned […]

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SAFETY

February 6, 2018

You feel safe. The bunker bristles with armaments. You occupy the protection room of the underground vault. Enough supplies to last 8 years stack up high enough to blanket the walls. The trapdoor entrance to the escape tunnel is marked with an X visible only when you wear the special glasses. The danger siren sounds. […]

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TOM

February 4, 2018

Tom gathered his belongings and bounded into the night. Tossing garments left and right, he skipped directly into the river. His laugh of triumph snuffed, he gained the satisfaction of peacefully drowning. His body rotated like a torpedo in the swift current. Back in his room, the crumpled scrap of paper revealed its sad message. […]

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THE BOLD CLAM

January 24, 2018

The bold clam, ignoring threats of bi-valve harm, pushed past the guards into the squadron leader’s office. Not about to take no for an answer, it hurled itself at the squadron leader’s neck, causing the surprised officer to swallow his gum. Taking charge, the bold clam ordered the gagging squadron leader to leave the office […]

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ENTRAPPED

January 2, 2018

The last orange pulsing ember of hope strangled to white frozen death. Lifeless crooked sticks marred the smooth blue chill outside the mesh of his cell. The moon gazed with cold indifference. No sneer. No frown. Cold indifference. Metal click and slide of tray. His dinner had arrived. The thick slab of roast beef was […]

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