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“The Seer Of the Blessed” by Baimin Xia
Many years ago, in the farmlands of Iceland, there lived a grandmother and her beautiful granddaughter, Frayja. Every day from dawn to dusk, Freyja worked cheerfully in the vast fields, sowing and harvesting rye. She always saved a handful for the chirruping birds, who became her dear friends. Inside the farmhouse, Grandmother gathered the grains with a smile to her face. She ba...
“Fire and the Behemoth” by Greg Gillis
American Professor of Ancient History, Calvin Winchester spent several years abroad in Tibet studying with a group of Buddhist monks at the Yumbulagang Monastery. It was believed to be the first building to exist in Tibet, constructed for Nyatri Tsenpo, the first king of Tibet. Professor Winchester believed the fables of an ancient realm far beneath the Earth’s crust t...
“Devil's Demise” by Hannah P. Simmons
DEVIL’S DEMISE Six o’clock. It’s time. I go to the kitchen first, and open the third drawer by the sink. That’s where David keeps the hammer. It feels heavier this time. My hand shakes as I pull it from the drawer. No. My hand isn’t shaking because of the hammer. It’s because of what I’m about to do. Who I’m about to talk to....
“Wanted For Evil” by Laura Jarosz
Vorganthe, Arch-Scion of Sector Betelgeuse-AEX-17, was having a staff morale problem. Granted, it had only been a few cycles since her predecessor had been violently vanquished by Astro Force, and changes at the executive level always take a period of adjustment, but she got the feeling that none of them really understood her vision for the sector. Vision had literally been one of...
“2105: Babylon” by Jordan Williams
2105: Babylon, Capital of Luna, formerly the Colony of New Jamestown Babylon was a city, in the sense that anything could be like a city while not being on Earth. There were perhaps 10,000 people on the busiest day, when Cosmonauts from the Asteroid belt returned with Icebergs and detailed surveys of the rich resources hidden in the solar system. It was a city in the way that only a city could be ...
“Abyss of Light” by Cindy Calder
The owl always came at night, when the moon filled the endlessness that floated in on the breeze and rippled through the trees. Its feathers white except for the streaks of amber, it perched on the branch beside her bedroom window and shrieked its eerie call, beckoning her from the solitude of her bed. Thus each night, Luna rose and tread on bare feet to the open window, searching the barn owl’s golden eyes, as if therein lay some deep-seated omen that would bring fulfillment of desires for which she did yearn.Tonight wa...
“The Secret of the Charred Widow ” by Louise Muller
"Promise me you'll keep on living, Mia," he whispered through strained breaths. His lips had lost their color. His eyes still shone bright with love but shared immense sadness and guilt. He felt guilty for leaving us behind. Even on his deathbed, Evan was selfless. I smiled through my tears and took a deep breath, hoping to breathe him in and keep him with me for longer. Evan passed on a Wednesday. The w...
“Death of the Stuffed Shih Tzu” by Shauna Fields
I didn’t mean to cause any trouble. Yes, I’m a “nosy kiddo,” as my Opa likes to say, but it’s more complicated than that. Now, I’ve got detention but only I know what really happened. The whole thing started a couple of weeks ago during our seventh-grade biology class. Our teacher is named Mr. Wurtz and he always has at least two scarves on. That seems dangerous to me, with all the bunsen burners around. ...
“The Yellow Curtain” by Rich Hosek
“You can’t possibly have solved the case already,” Jeremy White said in utter disbelief. “We just got here!” “It’s obvious,” Isaac Black replied, in that nonchalant manner that drove Jeremy crazy. “How can you possibly know who killed this woman without knowing who she is, what she looks like or how she died,” Jeremy demanded, exasperated. “You don’t even know what color the drapes are,” he added. “...
“Cold Boy” by Amethyst P
Cold Boy by: Amethyst P [CW: death, implied murder, burning/fire] It wasn’t my fault this time. The stifling silence around the table, the judgmental gazes from four sets of eyes, he stood and slid his chilled food away before turning and walking out of the room. If he imagined hard enough he could almost hear his mother calling for him to return.
“Paradise Bound ” by FabWritesStuff -
Caitlin Hampton was already having a bad day. She had woken up late that morning after her alarm failed to go off, and in her morning rush she had ended up spilling an entire cup of iced coffee all over herself. Of course she hadn’t had time to shower so her best solution was to simply throw on the last dirty shirt that she had managed to fish out of the hamper of the clothes she had meant to wash last night.
“The Mystery of the Silent Visitor” by Michelle Colpo
(Warning: Contains Death due to Catastrophic Event)May 6, 1937 It was the perfect, sunny day for a birthday. That’s what Donna Patricelli was thinking as she looked both ways before crossing the bustling street coming from school. Her best friend Mary Catherine invited her to play Marbles on her block, but Donna had said no, her Ma was making her favorite chocolate cake for her eighth birthday. Ma called it Crescionda di Spoleto. So off Donna ...
“The Smoke Orphan” by Michelle Cook
You asked me what happened, and you are impatient for my answer. There is an investigation to complete. Time is short, I understand.Where can I start but from the beginning? It was the smoke orphan that first drew my eye. Drifting above Rose’s scarlet hair, it seemed to glisten as it dissolved into the foggy atmosphere of the bar. It was like witchcraft. She was the sorceress.Something in me shattered eternally in that dim, sweaty bar. Blind date or not, I knew she was the only one who could hold my fra...
“The Corpse in The City” by Barbara Burgess
The car comes to a halt at the far edge of the car park behind the bank. Tom sits quietly for a moment as if in a trance, eyes forward. Only his left arm moves as he pulls on the handbrake. His eyes drop, focussing on his finger, pressing the button to release the boot lid. Slowly, he turns his head and glares.“Are you going to help me or not?”Jim lets out a puff of breath, leans his elbow on the car door and stands up. His shoes crunch on the dark gravel. The car park is deserted. With wide eyes scanni...
“Pluto Falling” by Chris Campbell
There’s an old Chinese fable about a farmer who had to journey around two mountains to get his produce to market, adding many unnecessary miles to his trip. One day, he decided that it would be easier to go through the mountains instead and vowed to move the hilly giants himself. Upon hearing this, a wise man asked him how he would achieve this. He explained that he would move it one stone at a time. The wise man calculated that the length of time it would take to move the mountains, would take longer than several...
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