Fire-Blood (691 Words) The downstairs infirmary was silent and empty. Medicine jars and torn blankets were shattered and strewn across the floor. Sister Bierce was glad for the disarray only in that it emphasized abandonment and disuse. Dragonkind was not permitted in the abbey and allowed on the outer courts only by special exception. AndContinue reading “Fire-Blood”

Ketchup, Ogres, and Fries

Ketchup, Ogres, and Fries (200 Words) “So this is where you ended up.” The waiter looked up from lowering the tray in surprise. He hadn’t recognized the person at the table until now. When he did, the man’s eyes narrowed with suspicion. “What are you doing here, Raz?” he said. “You’re going to get meContinue reading “Ketchup, Ogres, and Fries”

A Stamp-Sized Wish

A Stamp-Sized Wish (97 Words) The rules were simple. Any request would be honored, any wish granted, so long as it was written on this paper with this feather. “Are you kidding me?” said Marge. Her fairy godmother shrugged. “I’m sorry, dear,” she said. “You just haven’t demonstrated a practical and mature nature. That’s allContinue reading “A Stamp-Sized Wish”

Wading in the Shallows

Wading in the Shallows (149 Words) “What are you doing?” Marge looked up from taking her shoes off. “Come on,” she said. “It’ll be nice.” Her companion gnawed his lip. “But there isn’t time! There’s the Diamond Citadel—and then we have to go to the Elder’s Council, to warn them—” “I know,” said Marge. “ButContinue reading “Wading in the Shallows”

Castles and Carpeting

Castles and Carpeting (99 Words) The castle was different. The hanging weapons were taken from the walls and replaced with classical paintings. The dungeon was carpeted and clean. But ghosts are like fireweed, and I could see them in the eyes of my companion. “Let’s go,” I said. “No—wait.”

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”

The Onyx Stone

The Onyx Stone (99 Words) The pendant reflected her face like the smooth surface of a midnight lake. She placed it in the snow, at the center of the forest clearing. “You found it.” She raised her eyes to see the man watching her. His appearance was mist-like, vaporous. “Yes,” she said. “Here. It’s yours.”

A World You Half Remember

A World You Half Remember (488 Words) His cabin was like himself, bare and austere, except for a single photograph on the starboard wall that stood a glaring, stark discrepancy amid the otherwise Spartan setting. The lieutenant drew closer to this, looking on it as the one item aboard-ship as out of place as herself.Continue reading “A World You Half Remember”