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A Failure of Imagination

Susi’s footsteps echoed in the wide open, polished concrete space of the museum. By one wall, a group from somewhere in Spanish-speaking South America followed a disembodied voice in their ears around the display cases at the edge of the … Continue reading

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What You Most Want

Concealed in the branches of a tree, the small elf watched a human village. “What a strange people,” she thought. “They begin their lives helpless, but soon become very wise, spending their days in play and constant exploration.” She moved … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Witch

Once lived a beautiful witch named John. He brought blessings on his community and interceded with the spirits on behalf of his people. Those who knew him loved him well. A great warchief, on his way to war, spotted John … Continue reading

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The Last Thanksgiving

Janine slammed the door shut and threw the bolt. “And that is why you don’t read from mysterious books of necromancy in a supermarket the day before Thanksgiving!” Another half-thawed turkey corpse hurled itself into the window of the store … Continue reading

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A Real Good Model

“That’s a real good model house you’re building.” Dad’s voice was soft. Soft meant dangerous. “Looks just like ours.” “S’posed to.” I didn’t look at him. “Speak up when you talk to me.” Dad squatted down to my level in … Continue reading

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The Strongest Man in the World

The androgynous individual brushed an imaginary speck off its lapel. “If you drink this potion, you’ll become the strongest man in the world. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?” Dim lights and lots of shadows, common in the after hours locker room, … Continue reading

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Finding Kindling

Bart swept into the cabin from the rain. “All right, a fire! I thought you couldn’t find any kindling.” When Lee finally spoke, he sounded tired. “I found some.” “Tolja so. About time, too.” Bart crouched and held his hands … Continue reading

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In and Out of Disarray

She had asked him to join their expedition. Gone for at least a week, she said, going deep to find tombs that hadn’t been looted yet. Garth turned her down after one look. Her armor was dirty, her weapons burred, … Continue reading

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On Stealing Souls

“You’re always fiddling with your camera.” Lydia lay on her back, tossing a ball into the air and catching it. “Pay me some attention.” Uma cracked a small smile but didn’t look over. “I’m playing with my new lens,” she … Continue reading

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A Different World than This

Catelina was always a strange girl. Her imaginary friends were many, but she never grew out of the habit. She spoke to them in company, at least until her parents’ embarrassment reacher her soul. Only her older sister Madeleine supported … Continue reading

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