THE FOUL CONCOCTION

June 11, 2014
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The foul concoction brooded at the bottom of the cauldron. Why in the name of liquid brews everywhere did the crone add that last tincture of awareness to me? Trapped, nay puddled as I am in the depths of this ugly pot, what possible benefit can the awareness of my own existence bring to me? […]

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THE MAN WHO STEPPED OUT OF HIS DREAM

May 18, 2014
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The man who stepped out of his dream initialed the last page of the commitment papers. Two burly flunkies stepped forward at a nod from the cruel mistress and dragged the man down a long unlit corridor. They flung him into a bare concrete cube of a room and bashed shut the spike laden door. […]

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IN THE TIME OF WEALTH

April 29, 2014
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Every morning the eccentric billionaire descends the grand stairway and announces his name to the assembled staff. On each occasion the name announced is different. On this morning he says, ‘My name is Beak Hickenlooper.’ At this, the staff bows or curtsies, according to gender. The housekeeper then slips away to the dining room, where […]

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RED AND CLAW

January 21, 2014
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Red and Claw Harpoon, moonshiners from Odd Lake County, flung themselves away from the explosion. Tattered and bleeding, they swore revenge on Dave Shuttlesworth. Driving to town in their battered and bleeding Model T, they swore revenge on Tim Potfellow, proprietor of the General Store. Walking down Main Street, shotguns cradled in blood, they swore […]

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THE DOOMED TALISMAN

January 20, 2014
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The doomed talisman paced her cell, all four of her hands clasped behind her back. Dawn threatened, and with it, the gibbet. ‘Ha ha,’ said the gibbet, ‘I’ll make short work of you.’ Just then an articulate strawberry vendor tackled the gibbet, bound and gagged it. ‘It’s about time,’ said the talisman, waiting patiently while […]

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THE TARGET AND STRANGULATION CLUB

January 4, 2014
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When sisters Minnie and Helen Cloverdale founded their secret society, The Target and Strangulation Club, little did they realize the sort of journey on which they had embarked. For lo, a multi-billionaire strolling along the sidewalk adjacent to the Cloverdale home spied the satin costumed sisters as they conducted a meeting perched in their treehouse. […]

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THE TREMBLER

December 11, 2013
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The Trembler despaired. Shivering in its rags, it peered over the sill to the rubble filled street far below. It heaved a shuddering sigh and retreated to the broken table in the otherwise empty foul stained room. The ceiling stain resembled a torn apart rat. A wobbling claw the Trembler stretched forth in an attempt […]

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THE MATRON OF VENICE

October 1, 2013
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She wasn’t the most talented matron in the yard, but she was the only one who could swim. Securing the secret document between cheek and mandible, she plunged into the canal. Weaving her way deftly under water through sunken columns she arrived at her destination. She pulled herself up through the trapdoor opening to the […]

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THE LUNCH

August 13, 2013
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The man arrived early, as always. He was led to his usual table in the far corner. His hands shook. Would she show again? Here, this date, this hour, this 23rd time. He sighed. A flood of relief. There she is. He watched her take her seat at the table far across the room. She […]

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THE DILIGENT FOAL

July 31, 2013
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The diligent foal cross-referenced all of the invitations, putting a neat checkmark in her binder by each name before making the short journey to the post office, where she handed the neat stack of envelopes to the clerk and purchased 2 sheets of ‘forever’ stamps. She then crossed the street to return the pen she […]

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