She took a bite of the stale biscuit from her plate. At least, she assumed it was her plate. She made a lot of assumptions. This tea and biscuit had been left here for her, surely. Who else would it be here for? She was the only person in all the islands as far as she had observed. The wizard – that’s the only word she had for him – would be too large for this small table and chair, if he were to ever visit this island, and it certainly wasn’t for the animals.
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Once you felt it, you knew: It had always been there. It had always been racing forward from the ancient past to find this moment. It had been banished once, but it knew that the rituals to return it whence it had come would someday be forgotten, so on that distant, antique day, it chose you. It chose this night.
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Two new publications to report today
“The Fires upon the Tower” is in the Spring issue of Culture Cult.
“Post-Human Bread” is in Issue 9 of Dark Mountain.
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The ground shook beneath, and he nearly lost his footing. Wisps of smoke rose from the floor of the basin. Time is running out. The jostling loosened the cloth from the top of the bundle he carried, revealing his daughter’s lifeless face. “We’re almost there, Princess.” he said to her pale features as he pulled the cloth back down. He took a glance over his shoulder to see if anyone was coming up from behind him, but the bright rocks were clear of forms and shadows. “It won’t be long now.”
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Two of my flash stories ended up in this month’s issue of A Long Story Short.
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One of my stories, “Unfounded Identity”, is in the new issue of The Fable Online.
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