Grimsward and Homeward (155 Words)
The trail stretched for miles through the Grimsward forest. Already the three companions had walked for six hours. As the sun set, the trees gathered close, and already Edgar was seeing troubling things in the shadows of the haunted wood.
“What are they?” asked Midge.
“Don’t you two know?” asked their gnoman guide. “They’re the spirits of lost travelers. Travelers who didn’t stay on the road.”
Hanging on Clouds (293 Words)
There are some ideas that can only be summed up by a picture. Telling the idea is never as good as the picture itself.
I wish that I could speak you a sunset, but you have to feel its warmth; I wish that I could speak to you the reflection of light on water, but you have to feel that light dazzle in your head. But it has been years since I saw a sunset, since I lost my eyes in the dragon fire that cost so many lives.
Dragons and Bananas (58 Words)
“I call it,” said the dragon master significantly, “the banana split.”
Some Things Never Change (167 Words)
It was a monument to the transitivity of things. Someone, somewhere, had made this structure of perfect smooth stone. It had survived wars and weather. It had survived its makers. That dome and those stairs had stood for hundreds upon hundreds of years, the cold shell of a memory.
Captain Ratt’s question was stifled by a face full of snow. The twin moles who had thrown the missile fell around each other laughing helplessly.
The Escalator (48 Words)
As humans, we want to assume that any extraterrestrial life form will be more technologically advanced than ourselves.
That isn’t always the case.
Planet Home (170 Words)
She only had an hour’s supply of oxygen left. Dr. Burroughs supposed she should be readying herself for the inevitable. She said a prayer and unbuckled an arm clasp she always wore on her missions.
“Come in,” she said, “please.”
“Come in?” she repeated. Somehow, she felt even more alone talking to that arm clasp than she had before.
The World Between the Horns (52 Words)
When Jack brought the old cow home he knew it wouldn’t save the farm.