Worth It (225 Words) It was a beautiful sight. Daria leaned over the boat edge, letting her hand trail in the water. The current pulled past her arm, troubling the reflection of fireflies and starlight. The moon shone clear, and the silver glow lit the world like another kind of day, bright and enlivening. “DoContinue reading “Worth It”
Crossing the Line (99 Words) “You, young lady, have crossed a line.” Mrs. Perkins stood with her arms folded, her heart beating rapidly in her neck. “Can’t we keep it, pleeease–” “No. Go and put that thing back.” Mabel stuck out her lip. “Pleeeeaaaase?”
Princess Rex (123 Words) One of the ducklings was under the henhouse. Jasper knew it was Little Yeller when the Border Collie saw Yeller’s rabbit friend, Hoppie, close by. Dutifully, Jasper walked over and sat down. “Yeller,” he said. “What is it this time?” “Go ’way,” came the tiny voice.
Carving Green (1061 Words) “I know that I have wronged you.” The prelude. The introduction. I have wronged you, he would say, and then—you have wronged me, too. We have both of us been like strangers to each other, when we are bound with a union that should have changed our sense to one. ThatContinue reading “Carving Green”
When Winter Comes (133 Words) When spring comes, it’s abrupt. One moment, the world is gray and biting wind, and the next the green starts to show and the birds are singing again. It’s such a curious and immediate change that it leaves me scratching my head. Where were all the birds in the winter? What were the leavesContinue reading “When Winter Comes”
Mystery at Pond Bottom (99 Words) “Detective we need y—” “Shhh.” Eddie Mahone waved his free hand. His other gripped a fishing rod. With his one good eye, the detective surveyed the lake’s calm, muddy surface. His visitor spoke in a whisper. “But—we—need—your—help—”
One Ugly Dragon (155 Words) A dragon was coming to town. Everyone knew the date, although the time wasn’t certain. A certain trader offered Joey two wooden figures guaranteed, like scarecrows, to frighten dragons away. Joey believed him. But when his father, Maxie, saw them, he wasn’t pleased.
Finders Keepers (178 Words) When Farmer Tye saw the dragon guarding a little brambly nest tucked under a bush, he knew what it meant. Baby dragons. “You leave that nest alone, Farmer Tye,” said his neighbor and friend Jimmy Quinn. Jimmy was a carpenter and very conscious of his crucial role in the village’s upkeep,Continue reading “Finders Keepers”
Wood Watchers (99 Words) Sometimes you are bathing in the forest. At other times, I am not at all certain that the forest is not bathing itself in you. “Don’t look,” I said to Jack. “Keep playing. I think it likes you.”
Thinking Stone (516 Words) The day after her eighteenth birthday, Princess Tana’s parents told her that it was time to marry. Because their daughter’s happiness was everything, they promised she could make her own choice with one caveat. “If you aren’t in love within three months,” they said, “we will choose your husband for you.Continue reading “Thinking Stone”