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Haunted House

Haunted House

He closed his eyes and reached out with his thoughts. In the distance, he could feel others. Other wizards. He didn’t know which side they were on. He didn’t know what side he was on, either. The breeze tousled his hair, and he ducked back inside the house and closed...
In the Water

In the Water

This story was originally posted in Ficticious Force in 2009 and reprinted in Escape Pod on May 13, 2011, and in Love Stories in 2022. Yvonne looked up from her monitor, the beads in her cornrows clattering as Roger walked into her office. Roger sat in the dark wooden...
Witch’s Brew

Witch’s Brew

No one mentions supply chain problems for witches. Alas. Seriously, do you know the cost of a decent cauldron these days? And then there are the actual ingredients. Moonstone and alabaster are one thing, but even quartz has had its issues. Hawthorne, valerian, lemon...
Paleo Wolf

Paleo Wolf

It’s almost the full moon, and I’m out of sick time. I’m tired, and itchy, and I shaved this morning and have a five o’clock shadow at noon. I just want to curl up under the conference table and take a nap. Instead, I go to the lunch line in the cafeteria downstairs....
Ondine’s Curse

Ondine’s Curse

This story was originally published in Electric Velocipede on December 30, 2013, and reprinted in Love Stories. She knew the signs of drowning; she’d seen it many times. Mouth below the waterline, arms pressing the body up out of the water for a breath. He didn’t cry...

Book Club

No drabbles here, no,I was sick and overworked.Sorry about that. “Vampire Nightclubs”? Back in my day, we didn’t go to nightclubs. There were pubs, and gentlemen’s clubs that were NOT what you think of when I say that phrase today, dances, the opera, the theater. I...

Medical Advice

If you take a left turn off the subway platform, you’ll find a secret door. The door will open for a gift of silver. Once through, you’ll find that you’re outside in a magenta twilight, with lush, fragrant flowers and strange, beautiful animals. Leave them be. Follow...

College Roomies

My university roommate smells like a wet dog. I, on the other hand, rush to my classes under an umbrella and stay up all night studying, while she snores. Our suitemate often shows up with dishes of food. We don’t know where she got them. I don’t eat, of course, but...

The End

Their lives are so short. Can you believe that at one point, this was illegal? Emily would have had to carry on with broken hips, trashed kidneys, a heart condition that makes surgical intervention impossible. Emily deserved more than this kind of suffering. Which is...

Drabblemania

I’m trying to do daily drabbles, for fun. The definition of drabble that I’m using here is that each one is a little microfiction of exactly 100 words. I enjoy the challenge of making it exactly 100 words, and it’s a fun exercise. So hey, if you want...

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