The Margin Alien

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Don’t spend too much time looking around, I told myself.  Just find Andy, fix the harness, and come on back.

My brother had said the place was amazing and the people were great and that he couldn’t wait to take us there, once he was sure it would be safe.  

But I couldn’t let that dazzle me.  Especially since a small part of me wondered if he’d somehow gotten enthralled into staying longer than he’d intended.  Maybe he’d lost track of time.  I glanced over at the kids, who stood thirty feet away in the doorway.  Andy didn’t allow himself to lose track of time anymore, unless someone else was taking care of the kids.  And the state of his bedroom, his garage…

Remember why you’re going there.

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The Porphyrion Machine

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They went to visit him at night.  They had to.  They could not walk about by day, for the light of the sun was abhorrent to them.

Those words were taken from the writings of a nurse who resided in the town at the foot of the hills, a charming and lively town in modern times.  But steeped in accounts of strange—some say otherworldly—events from only a few generations past.  Continue reading

Finden’s Egg Pocket

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Finden's Egg PocketFinden was a young man who wanted to go out into the world, to travel, find adventure, see spectacular sights, and meet all manner of people (especially lovely girls and heroic men).  He worked at his father’s shop until he had saved up enough money to take his first trip beyond his province.  Perhaps even beyond the borders of the kingdom.  He told his father of his plans one day, and he respectfully declined his inheritance.  His father accepted this, but he told Finden to wait a year before he set off.  For there was another inheritance due to the firstborn upon reaching the nineteenth year.

Finden was insistent on leaving that very month.  So his father took him aside and told him the secret of their family’s moderate yet certain success.  His father showed him a pair of trousers. Continue reading