Honeysuckle Morning (213 Words)
“I thought I might find you here.”
Llwan raised his head. His mouth crooked when he saw her and he raised his flask in a half-salute. Gina sat beside him. She took the flask from his loose grip and sniffed.
“The best.” The elf moved so she could sit beside him. “It’s very bracing.”
The Three Sisters (152 Words)
Once upon a time there were three brothers who lived with their parents in the midst of a vast forest. If there were any other people in the forest, they knew nothing of them, for they found no trails other than those they themselves had blazed, and they found no pits for iron in the bogs other than those they themselves had dug, and they discovered no hewn trees other than those they themselves had hewn.
Extraterrestrial Sabotage (187 Words)
Dave looked up.
“Have you got it?” he asked.
Jasper held out the file. Dave put aside the magazine he had been reading and took it. His face was tense with concentration. He didn’t notice the expression on his partner’s face, sharp and ready.
Elf at Oars (167 Words)
“It’s fifteen past eleven. Where is he?”
Roran met the young woman’s anxious eyes with dispassion. “It was your idea to steal the key in broad daylight,” he said. “That was wise. We cannot be hunted by the blood-drinkers at day and the human guards are not so clever. But it was also your idea to have Larus arrange our getaway.”
Tea, Biscuits, and Trolls (99 Words)
“Why are we doing this?”
Pommie ignored her husband, pinning cobwebs across the door of their cave.
Griddur sneezed. “But Pommie,” he pleaded, “you know I’m allergic to dust.”
Wishing Rock (159 Words)
She reached the rock at twilight’s early colors. The stone’s peculiar shape, the deep bowl at its center, reminded Alice of a well. Perhaps that was why it was known as the “wishing rock.” There was water in the basin, but it was shallow and green with resilient plant life.
Alice managed to climb the rock-side, leaning over the water’s surface. Protected from wind, the water was flat, glass-like and still.
Animal Eyes (24 Words)
There is something about looking into the eyes of animal.
Under the Bridge (164 Words)
He knew they would never ask him to play with them. George didn’t even feel bad about it anymore. On this field trip to the local botanical gardens, he had his own ideas about what to do.
Goblin Burial and Museum Souvenirs (138 Words)
“That’s not how we bury our dead in Chormat-Dor.”
Anna looked down at the souvenirs from a visit to the museum, small-scale replicas of Egyptian mummies. She glanced at her companion, blue-lipped and red-eyed.
“Really?” she said, uneasily.