MILLIE

May 23, 2018

“I’m bored,” said Millie. “Why don’t you take the elephant for a walk, or feed the cobras, or practice your potions, or cast spells? You like to cast spells. Go into the garden and cast spells,” suggested Millie’s mother, Brunna, hunched over the cauldron, busily stirring. “What garden? We don’t even have a garden,” said […]

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THE TREE OF 5 OWLS

May 7, 2018

Calinda took great pride in her status, for she was the finest seamstress in the land. Summoned to work on the Royal finery for all celebrations, grand to intimate, she moved with slow dignity with a half smile playing at her lips while Queens, princesses, ladies-in-waiting chattered hopes for fabulous gowns into her ears. So, […]

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THE VANISHING

May 1, 2018

As villages go, the village was small and sleepy. The villagers never ran. Indeed, they strolled from place to place, pausing often to converse with neighbors or to observe the bounty of nature. Benches in the fabulous rose garden were seldom unoccupied. As the village’s pride and joy, the rose garden thrived under the care […]

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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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