Roles

“Promise you will never go away,” the image in the mirror pleaded. Combing her dark hair, Ellen sighed, wishing her double would follow her lead. “I cannot promise. There may come a time when I must leave this place.” “Take me with you,” her other self pleaded. “Take the mirror from the wall so that …

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Touch

“I’m alone.” The thought sears the minds of most. In the square, where many gather for news, two people think it at the same instant. Their eyes meet. She is stuck here, too. Still, her eyes hold no blame. He doesn’t pity her. Familiar desire in his eyes. Neither wants to end in sadness or …

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Aielinor had been surprised when Prince Jonne asked her to craft a love charm. As the Queen’s apothecary, she was used to serving members of the royal household but she had thought Jonne was away in the Fringe Forest; fighting Risard’s troll armies. And he was so handsome, she hardly thought he needed magical assistance. …

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Carol and Connie stood arguing in the bedroom yet again. The two women were identical in appearance except Carol appeared angrier. “I made you,” Carol shouted. “You were nothing before I came along and made you who you are.” “I hate you,” Connie replied. “I am sick of living in your shadow.” “That’s enough,” Carol …

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Run Away

Was there ever a time when the sacrifices weren’t needed? Slowly, Nulaa glanced around her. People had ceased talking, ceased wondering. Eyes down, they walked towards their fate.  The only sound was the soft crunch of snow beneath their feet. Everything seemed still, pure. The bundle in Nulaa’s arms moved, and a tiny pink fist …

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“I don’t think this is the correct specimen.” “It has four legs and short, white fur with black spots. It fits the requirements. It must be a cow.” “But, Commander, it isn’t making the correct sound.” “It is just a variety that our scouts have not documented. The substance called milk that this creature produces …

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“What was it Fred used to call me?” Aunt Bernice sat down on the stairs, forehead perplexed. “What was it—you know, darling, whenever he saw me in that apricot gown, with the white gloves up to my elbows?  It was a darned great phrase…” Not noticing the ghost, Aunt Bernice sat and wrung her hands. …

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“Create,” signed the trainer. “Together.” The dolphins ducked underwater. “The things we do for fish,” chattered Leela. “And tongue rubs. Don’t forget the tongue rubs,” chimed Luna. “Besides, it’s a small price to pay to get to contemplate the mysteries of the world all day.” “True that.” “It’s crunch time. What say you? Double spin …

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When I wake up with no oxymask, I know I’m in trouble. Lungs burning, eyes watering, I stagger toward the nearest building, a fucking KFC. “No chicken. Call the cops.” It’s peacemakers now, not cops. Sounds old-fashioned, but this is the future, baby, and you’re gonna be peaceful whether you like it or not. So, …

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