Dragon Sim (200 Words)
“One day,” said Michael, “they’ll invent machines that are so good they aren’t even machines anymore. Then we won’t have to do this kind of thing.”
Jen glanced at her companion. He crouched on the floor of their transport while the other two trainees, across from her, looked out the windows with faces like stone.
“Get up, Micky,” said Jen. “If we fail this exercise I’m gonna kill you.”
Lady Melodia (200 Words)
“Mom, why are we here?” said Katy.
Katy was tired, carsick, and she just knew the hotel they were staying at wouldn’t have Wi-Fi. She couldn’t believe this was happening. Sure, the break-in at their house was unexpected, but this was an extreme response.
“I think it’s stupid,” she said, glaring at the green cliffs rolling by. “And whoever built the roads here needs their head chopped off.”
Water Prints (427 Words)
She didn’t live in town. The island population, a little under five hundred residents, was limited mostly to farmers and fishers. The moment Davie saw her sitting on the sand, looking out to sea with her knees pulled under her chin, he knew she didn’t belong.
There was something unusual in her quietness and poise. Something in her eyes was strange and deep, wild and unafraid like the sea itself. Davie was a little afraid of her. But even though he was afraid, it comforted him somehow to see her every morning. People gossiped about her but he never listened to what they said. There was a mystery about that young woman he was satisfied to solve himself.
Treasure Trap (198 Words)
Three days, walking through jungle, avoiding the teeth of poisonous snakes. Three days, and they found the big rock.
“This is the seventh rock we’ve found,” muttered Mr. Jones. “Next to the seventh sand pit.”
The Invisible Thief (54 Words)
Ever since she had eaten that magic acorn, Ellie realized there really were perks to being invisible.
Goblin Tree (92 Words)
Once, a goblin stole whatever he could from a human village, jewels, apples, and buttons. He was lean-limbed with fierce gold eyes, but his hands, though slender, were like talons.
Cave Dweller (201 Words)
When Annie was little, she had liked to watch the cave from the outskirts of the village. She imagined that a troll lived there, or an ogre, with the bones of its victims scattered around the floor. Then she imagined a wizard was hiding there, brewing evil potions. Or maybe it was a fairy who stole babies in the night.