Trapped Magic

Trapped Magic (784 Words) It was a fight, of sorts. The wife blamed herself for not being firm and the husband blamed himself because he was helpless and could do nothing to ease this new danger, this new obstacle, in their lives. It was a fight without the direct savagery of accusation, but showed itselfContinue reading “Trapped Magic”

Night Shift

Night Shift (188 Words) Usually at seven I’m just coming home. It took me years to get used to the night shift. Sometimes I think I’m still not used to it. Through that door to your left is all that makes it worthwhile. Tom will be sleeping now, breathing softly. I don’t like to wakeContinue reading “Night Shift”

Pressed Flowers

Pressed Flowers (228 Words) She found them pressed between the leaves of one of her childhood favorites. The flowers were flat, pale purple. She didn’t remember when she had put them there. “What is it?” Eddie was watching her,  bent over the box he was packing. It would have been easier to hire movers, butContinue reading “Pressed Flowers”

Mermaid Makeover

Mermaid Makeover (194 Words) “My tail’s drying out again! Cora, please!” Dutifully, Cora emptied another bucket of salt water over her younger sister’s tail. The blue fish scales gleamed like jewels in the evening light. “You know,” said Cora. “I really don’t think he cares about your hair.” Anemone ignored her. She studied herself anxiouslyContinue reading “Mermaid Makeover”

Dragon Perilus

Dragon Perilus (386 Words) “Do you know how much a dragon eats?” Tom raised his head, squinting through his one good eye. “Ah—no?” The keeper shook his head. “That thing may look tiny,” he said, “but it eats twenty pounds in a day.” “Will it take fish?” asked Tom. The newly hatched dragon was climbingContinue reading “Dragon Perilus”

The Shadow Maker

The Shadow Maker (195 Words) The Shadow Maker was thin and tall. You could tell he enjoyed his work from the way he smiled. His smile could be wide, but it wasn’t a sly smile like other long smiles can be. It was the smile of someone suited to his work. But today, he wasn’tContinue reading “The Shadow Maker”

Grandmother and the Moon

Grandmother and the Moon (413 Words) There are many kinds of moons. There are red moons—blood moons—blue moons, orange moons, yellow moons, and sometimes even green moons. But there is something special about a silver moon. Not that the others aren’t special, too, in their various times and on any horizon. But a silver moonContinue reading “Grandmother and the Moon”

The Merman

The Merman (315 Words) It’s a fact that you don’t see many mermen. I wonder if it isn’t because the merwomen keep them hard at work in the weeds under the sea. Of course merpeople are real. There isn’t any question about that. Perhaps mermen are shy. Maybe they would rather be tending coral orContinue reading “The Merman”