Issue nineteen is full of fantastical stories that feel as if you may have heard them as a child and yet cannot quite place them in your memories. But science fiction is not to be left aside as this issue also contains aliens and far-off futures. Come enjoy another lovely collection of stories by your …

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There once lived a maiden so beautiful that white roses blushed themselves pink in her presence and red roses threw off their petals, they were so ashamed of their plainness beside her. Malvina’s comeliness blossomed with each passing year. As did her pride. One morning she sat at her vanity table while her maid combed …

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Now in her late thirties, Gretel lives in a fashionable town house with her brother, Hansel. The house is built of red brick and has two bathrooms (his and hers, Gretel likes to say) and four bedrooms. Gretel uses one of the spare bedrooms as a storeroom. The other one is nominally a guest bedroom; …

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“Thousand league snowshoes?” Rose looked doubtfully at the rickety brown snowshoes on the merchant’s blanket. The leather bindings were cracked and the wood frame scratched and dirty. Next to them were a pair of glittering silver ice skates that looked in such better shape she wondered why he was bothering with the snowshoes at all. …

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“I don’t understand why you’re doing this.” Valeria spoke in hushed tones, though no one other than Nolan was within earshot. “Because I can.” Nolan’s fingers worked against the cuff on his wrist with a slim metal splinter. “Nolan, please can we talk about this? Just wait a moment.” She glanced around the park. Beyond …

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With a grim look Princess-Warlady Ceilidh McCallum surveyed the battlefield before her. Bodies lay splayed about, arms and legs all over the place, the dirt churned and hell horses lay on their sides. Things had been going well for the Sparkle Ponies until Trouble showed up. The kitten had devastated both sides, smacking the wooden …

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Helen counted the tiles on the path to the elevators, as Liz’s voice rasped over her skin and continued along the empty cubicles. “I don’t know why you wanted a baby anyway. Do you know what that would do to your career?” Forty-six…or was it forty-seven? She’d lost count again. This was a large floor, …

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A birth of a child, after all, is a joyous occasion. But here I am, stuck on a hospital bed and tied to a machine that measures the contractions. I am clad in the simplest of gowns – dry to the skin, like sun-dried fish, and lightest blue of the sky. My beloved’s family – …

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I know I shouldn’t check her out but I cannot help myself. She’s wearing cheap clothes and her braids are fuzzy and yet her picture does not do her justice. My assignment turns her head quickly and catches me in the act. I smile self-consciously. She does not. Her eyes trace a slow, sweeping burn …

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These beaches that cut your feet to ribbons, high banked and rock filled, with half a hundred oysters in between every step, used to be free of shells. Empty. Once, long ago, there were no oysters in the ocean. Just one little Oyster who lived in a village by the sea. But there were still …

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