The Purple Dust Mine

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Do you see him? Right there, between Mig and John? As if he’s part of the crew?

Nico drove up to the mouth of the cave. He got out of the truck and walked around to the other side. Normally, the young retriever would have hopped out of the open door in a rush. But Ruby lay there, still sleeping. Continue reading

The Door Beneath the Desert

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“Mars, help me. Help me, Mars.”

Betty Garimonde wasn’t dead. Mars could see the slight rise and fall of her chest as she breathed. Her body was so frail that when he lifted it, it felt as if all her substance were gone, and he was only lifting her skin and her bones. The light, not just sunlight, but even the light of the torches, seared her skin, so that Mars had to keep her covered from head to toe with a cloth. She looked even more so like a corpse when he did. Maybe she was close to being one. So there was nothing to lose now. Continue reading

The Fortunate Little Leaf

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sf_wk8Once upon a time, a town that sat nestled near the foot of a mountain, surrounded by forest evergreen, ran out of food and fuel in the midst of a deadly winter. They were not poor, the people of this town. They were not foolish with their provisions. The winter had just lasted far longer than any in the realm had expected. Every season of that year was winter. Many perished. Continue reading

The Incident of the Imp

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sf_wk3A kid…in a costume. It had to be.

Still, it was frightening. To think I almost hit the poor little guy.

Maybe it was a good thing that the costume was so good, so convincing. The sickly yellow glow-in-the-dark contacts. The pro-quality fang fixtures. That tail that almost looked as if it were whipping back and forth on its own. I thought it was some animal I’d almost hit. That would have been bad enough. If I’d known it was a kid, I might have panicked and lost control of the car. Maybe I would have hit him.

But Halloween was days ago. Was some kid having his last hurrah? Loved his costume so much, he decided to keep wearing it? Continue reading

The Mirror of Displacement

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sf_w2Perhaps centuries from now, medicine will be able to restore what was lost from injuries such as his. But now, I must turn to practices arcane.

Clara sighed as she watched the ink dry. She sat in the dim basement of the home she shared with her husband, who was working in his office upstairs. It was a chilly autumn day. Yet the basement was temperate. She dipped her quill into the well and continued.

I have built it according to the instruction I found. I have built it with my own hands, against warnings, it is true. But I am a desperate woman. I am a desperate wife. Continue reading

Storyfeather Year Three

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This week’s story will be posted by midnight on Sunday, November 6.  This is the anniversary post for Storyfeather’s third year.

Thank you to everyone who read even one of the fifty-two stories I posted during the third year.  Thank you for your precious time and your interest.  Thank you for supporting my dream.  Thank you for being a part of Storyfeather, Year Three!

Year Three was a challenge.  The overarching theme I was aiming for was the elements and the senses, in stories inspired by and often in the form of myth and legend.

In an effort to improve my drawing skills (and further serve the stories), I joined the Inktober challenge, drawing and inking one image every day for the month of October.  The Sunday images were Storyfeather-related.  Now that there are over 150 stories on the site, I hope to do a bit of re-organizing to help with navigation.  I also hope to do release the Storyfeather podcast in the coming year, to provide an audio version of each story.  As the site develops, the core challenge will remain the same, a story a week.

A lot happened in the year three stories.  Stars were incubated in the hearts of humans, a tortoise raced a cheetah, someone escaped from the underworld, a potion was brewed, a divine drop of blood was guarded, and an inventor made a map that could lead to realms unknown…

Here’s to seeing what Year Four brings.  Thanks again, Mighty Readers.

Long Live Stories!

Nila

Red Hat, Red Cloak

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quill-190-red-hat-red-cloak-image-1-final“How much do you know?”

The man in the long dark maroon coat swept toward Mick.  The visit was expected, but not at that hour.  Mick thought the man would show up the next day.  That was, in fact, why he was in the lab at that late hour in the first place.  He wanted to get some things done so he would have time for the new project that his boss had dropped on him that day.  Said new project being the man in the dark maroon coat. Continue reading