THE SUN WRAITH

November 21, 2018

Once in a land where desert dunes writhed under the lash of sun-hot wind gusts a grandmother and granddaughter sat in the coolness of their burrow listening to the angry roar. The grandmother leaned forward to speak above the din into the granddaughter’s ear. ‘Now is the time,’ she said. ‘You must find the oasis, […]

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THE DUNE PIG

November 17, 2018

The fires returned year after year, growing ever more confident and destructive. ‘I, and only I, know how to stop these terrible fires. If they’d asked me in the first place, this very bad burning of trees and buildings of all sorts could have been avoided,’ said the dune pig. ‘I will go and look […]

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THE CHARMING BUFFALO

November 7, 2018

The appearance of the charming buffalo at the head of the stairs doused the din below. All heads turned to gaze in admiration at the charming buffalo’s single hoofed gliding descent of the balustrade. The throng parted in deference, and the charming buffalo took up a stance of elegance in the center of the ballroom. […]

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BETTY

October 31, 2018

Betty longed to lead the cackle. She practiced in secret every day. Would Halloween ever arrive? The wait seemed endless. Betty’s mother urged her to practice patience. The suggestion merely deepened Betty’s frown and fed her tendency to mutter. “Is it yet?” asked Betty every day until her mother at last could say,”Oh finally, praise […]

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TO ESCAPE

October 24, 2018

You creep along the shabby corridor behind the kitchen, taking care that your $380 neon orange sneakers produce not the slightest squeak as you place them carefully one in front of the other. Reaching the door, you breathe a sigh of relief, not a loud one, no, but a silent one, yes. Through this last […]

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THE TREE WITCH

October 8, 2018

“Beneath the leafy garb of scarlet and green you will discover the bent and crusted limbs of the tree witch. Place the pot of honey close to the tree’s twisted trunk. Turn about thrice with your eyes closed and walk away without looking back. Then the possibilities are two. Your wish will be granted, or […]

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THE DECISION

October 3, 2018

Sheathing his sword, Tarrington Keelmartin entered the breakfast nook. “Oatmeal or dry cereal?” shouted the wealthy industrialist bustling in the kitchen. “Which is your preference today, Senator Keelmartin?” Unsheathing his sword, Tarrington Keelmartin threw back his head and raged at eggshell white ceiling, “Which? Which? Oatmeal or dry! God save me! I cannot choose!” Breaking […]

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THE TWILIGHT BLOOMS

September 3, 2018

“Only eight casks today, Mad Marge,” said the burly sweep, and he dragged the last cask into into the hovel. Mad Marge shot a quick glance of hatred at the sweep, then turned to her task. Her daily task. Her endless task. Her mind numbing boring task. She opened the first cask, plucked out a […]

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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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