ALPECIA

August 11, 2018

The white rose, Alpecia, longed to make a fortune by her wits. Sadly, she had none. So when she rashly tore herself from the wedding bouquet, rushed to the railroad tracks, and flung herself on board an outgoing passenger train, she had no idea what to do next. Confused, she remained immobile when she was […]

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ETHAN WINTER

August 6, 2018

A mild breeze sent a soft ripple across the top of the leafy bower. The pair of travelers paused on the path below. Old Meadows smiled and nudged his youthful companion in the ribs. “This bodes well, don’t you see? Don’t you know?” said Old Meadows. “Listen to the calm.” “How do you mean?” asked […]

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THE BOLDNESS OF CARRINGTON

July 29, 2018

Carrington’s heart rattled like a jackhammer. He felt faint, nevertheless he succeeded in passing into the breakroom unnoticed. Before his courage had time to fail, he stepped to the counter and opened the cupboard where the coffee mugs sat in an ordered row. He took his supervisor’s mug in trembling hand and moved it to […]

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THE SMILER

July 25, 2018

The smiler prowls the parking garage at noon. His pasted on smile, a rictus of hope deferred, causes all who see it to shrink away and scuttle to a position affording them at least one vehicle stationed as a buffer between viewer and smiler. The smiler smiles and exits the garage to be bathed in […]

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THE HOCK SISTERS

July 16, 2018

Holly, Mary, and Celeste Hock faced another glorious day. Mary and Celeste were content to bathe in sunlight and dream of one day operating construction equipment. Holly, however, constantly jabbered. Half the time she paid no attention to herself. The rest of the time she thrilled to the music of her voice and ignored the […]

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UNDER MOONLIGHT

June 18, 2018

The moon, full fat, begins its sky climb by sliding up from behind the abandoned lighthouse. You survey the beach and the gentle churning of the surf. Not a living creature do you see. Are you really and truly finally safe? You take two deep breaths and step out into the open. You freeze and […]

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THE GREEN IMP’S TREASURE

June 9, 2018

The green imp, hidden away in a cave behind the crash of waterfall plunging over the highest cliff on Jagged Mountain, sat gazing at his treasure, a magic pool of broken blue green jade. The imp’s bushy eyebrows, snow white, quivered with pleasure. Otherwise, for the time being, he posed motionless. Down the mountain through […]

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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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