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Martians Walking the Moon

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Martians Walking the Moon (113 Words)

The most common assumptions about aliens are that they are somehow our intellectual superiors. Most imagine a new race of beings with superior technological skill or medical superiority. But then again, there are others who imagine aliens are, if not our intellectual peers, perhaps more primitive than us.

There is always a fourth option.

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Art Fantasy

Southwesterly

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Southwesterly (156 Words)

There was no doubt the wind was right. It was a strong southwesterly. Even so, Marina’s hand clenched on the tiller.

“You’re crazy!” she said. “There’s no way we can do this!”

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Art Fantasy

Taking a Stand

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Taking a Stand (99 Words)

True, Aunt Cecily was older, but that didn’t necessarily make her wise. Emmy knew she was dead wrong. The hard part was saying so.

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Art Fantasy

Little Light

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Little Light

The lights were beautiful. Every year the clan gathered to see them, the mysterious glowing orbs that some said were the souls of the departed communing with them like angels.

Grayse found Peepa at the top of their favorite tree. She panted as she climbed, scolding the little bird under her breath.

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Art Fantasy

JOB: A FAIRY TALE OF GOD, SATAN, AND US

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Once upon a time, there was a man called Job. And one day, Job bought a lottery ticket.

 

Now, Job did not do this thing because he was a lazy or a greedy man. Job simply felt, as many do, that he should be provided for without having to labor and earn his bread by the sweat of his brow when there are so many who have so much more than they need.

So Job slipped some money from his wife’s purse, and before she could ask him where he was bound, he let himself quietly out the door, went to the store at the corner, and bought the ticket.

And immediately and quite strangely, the simple act of buying the lottery ticket made Job feel that things were now somehow changed. Of course, he did not know whether he had won the lottery or not. But somehow, the sun seemed brighter and warmer when he came out of the store.

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Fantasy Romance

Mr. Rat and Lady Moth

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Mr. Rat and Lady Moth

Said Mr. Rat to Lady Moth
“My Lady Moth, pray don’t be wroth—
Well do I know I am below
Thy fair and free society—

Yet of your wingèd majesty
There is one thing I beg of thee;
One plea I tender for my life—
I beg that you will be my wife.”

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The Odd

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The Odd (139 Words)

“I face odds well enough,” she said, “when they’re easy.”

“Ah,” said he. “And am I easy?”

“Are you odd?”

They glared at each other. It was a humored glare, the irritation and resistance mixed with a joining humor.

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Fantasy Romance

The Proposal

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The Proposal (909 Words)

“Give it back!”

“No!”

“Give it—you!”

“N—ah!”

They fell together on the grass in an awkward tangle of limbs and laughter. Mairi caught the pendant from Ham’s fingers. She fastened it again around her neck, breathless and trying hard to be angry.

“How could you?” she said. “Sneak thief!”

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Fantasy Photo

Time Stopper

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Time Stopper (164 Words)

She made it. She reached the top of the stairs with seconds to spare. But when she reached the tower, it was empty.

Anna ran back to the stairs and looked out the window. The Time Stopper was coming.

“Anna?”

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Egg Thief

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Egg Thief (253 Words)

“You had one job,” said the fairy. “One job! Watch the nest. And did you do it?”

The three trolls squinted at each other. They had watched the nest—sometimes. But they could see how from the fairy’s point-of-view, that perspective could be somewhat skewed.