The Mora

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It was a time when dragonflies could flutter all the way up to the moon, when the flickering of a hummingbird’s wings was faster than lightning.

It was a time when the growl of thunder signified the coming of a catastrophe, a cracking of the earth, a roiling of the seas, a shuddering of the heavens.

It was a wild time.

And into this time was born a creature that her mother called Mora.

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A Simple Procedure

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It was a simple procedure. 

A simple procedure.

I would be admitted to the hospital overnight.  I had to be fasting.  Except for some clear liquid that the nurse would have me drink every four hours.  It contained some stuff that the doctor called “fixers.”  She explained that they were meant to help boost the efficiency of the procedure and help my recovery go faster.  Then she joked that they would “fix” me. Continue reading

The Traveler and Her Three Shadows

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When the world was made, every person was given one and only one shadow, but one of the beings who were assigned to be caretakers of the world decided that he would give a gift to his people.  Their lands were rich with life and their songs to him were sweet.  So he decided that he would give each of them an extra shadow. Continue reading

The Last Honest Vampire

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“Sometimes I think it’s kind of nice that vampires are accepted in this fictional society,” Glo said.

My attention perked up.  That was different.  But the response from the rest of our friends was not. 

“That would be like chickens living among us and being okay that we eat them.”

“That show is dumb.  They have high school at night so the vampires can attend?  So dumb.” Continue reading

Lord Orgulous

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Lord Orgulous came to our province some time ago, and when he did, he inherited the rule of the province.  As might be expected, he arrived with quite a flurry of rumor swirling about him, for he hailed from a distant land, and he was young and handsome and mysterious.  Some said he left behind a fortune so grand that even the stars looked down upon its glittering magnificence with envy.  Some said he was exiled for some preposterous boast that insulted a very powerful personage.  And there are some among us—the romantics—who believe that he came to our land because he was fleeing from heartbreak. Continue reading

The Solar Pepper

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They say he did it because he asked to sit by an innkeeper’s fire one night and was denied with a lie.  The innkeeper said that there was “not enough fire” to warm the man who was dressed in rags and filth.  He appeared to be a beggar, but he was not a beggar.  He was a warlock.  And he was none too pleased by the innkeeper’s response.  It was no surprise that he should cast a curse.  What was surprising was that he did not just cast the curse on the innkeeper himself, but on the innkeeper’s entire country. Continue reading

The Forest of the Dasollagi

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“Wait until you are within the borders of the forest before you open the box, else you have failed before you have begun.”

With those words, the schoolmaster turned away and left Naji alone before the borders of the forest.

Naji entered the forest with no other possessions but that box, as the test required.  He carried no water, no food, no clothing but what he already wore, no bedroll, nothing to trade or barter with.

But that is what he had chosen.  A box.

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