Counting Magpie

“One for sorrow, two for mirth.” The girl was singing the rhyme with no care in the world, watching the magpie fly. She must be around six. She laughed when she counted seven; because every day for the past month she’d counted seven. She didn’t know better. Children rarely did. But he knew… He was what…

Stepping through the Door

The building stood, unchanged by the years. Alice hesitated by the porch… before she stepped to the door. She held the key but it was a long moment before she unlocked the house and opened it. It shouldn’t take so long. She was strong enough. Obviously not. She shouldn’t have come alone. She thought of…

Standing in the Dark

“It was different,” they’d said. “We have to allow dispensation because of the circumstances.” They’d added. That was weeks ago… She stood in the darkness unmoving. She’d been in the darkness for some time now. She’d found refuge in a house; if one could really call “house” the derelict building she’d entered to escape the…

Foolish Decision

Geraldine arranged her blond curls into a semblance of order; what caused her to accept meeting the Duke? She couldn’t reason her logic; by every argument she considered it was foolish. She knew it then and now. So why follow through with it? For one, he responsible for her husband’s downfall; that Henry deserved his…

Guarding Time

He stood unmoving; it seemed time stopped. The moment lasted a second, or an eternity; and then it went on. At least for some… not for all of them. They scattered like ants, leaving behind the corpses of those for whom time had stopped. A few remained behind, most dropping on their knees by the…

Devastation

She looked over the city from her window; it spread for miles and she could see it all. Some would think her lucky to have such a view, but she could only summon a contemptuous sneer. The city was lost and nothing she could do would change that truth. She had given its inhabitants all…

Novice Mistake

Amber light streamed down from the arched windows, splattering the altar and their upturned faces. The joy in their gaze was one of rapture, as if the radiance they were looking at were divine. And it was in more ways than one. Only men, even the most faithful, weren’t meant to gaze upon the divine…

The Last Hrtedyp

A sense of impending doom descended upon him when he woke that day; he couldn’t have said why but something in his bones seemed to scream at him. Not an unlikely thing altogether seeing as the Hrtedyp were the race of speaking bones, but it was unusual for him not to hear his bones. And…

Looming Battle

Brunhilde held her younger sister’s hand, as they walked through the makeshift village. It was a bleak morning, promising to get bleaker if the cold wind billowing flags and tents held. Aasfrid struggled to match Brunhilde’s brisk pace and she was tempted to take her sister in her arms to reach their destination faster. Aasfrid…

Unlikely Discovery

Astria always loved old things; maybe because she was born in Greece. Her mother went into labour, while visiting the Acropolis. Sometimes she wished her mother called her Athena; at least people knew it. Their look of consternation when she first gave her name was no longer comical after twenty-three years. She liked it, but…

Spider’s web

Spider silk clung at the doors, over the windows, across everything she had left behind. The strength of the silk surprised her; as if the spiders had spun their web over and over until it was unbreakable. Or it was woven by a giant spider. She suppressed a laugh. Still she was only gone a…

Hesitations

The Academy of Magic sat on rue Saint Paul in Paris; it was a well known place around the world for its vast arrays of cards, tricks, educative books on mentalism, hypnotism and any other type of magic you might be interested in. Or biographies of well known magicians like Houdini or Chung Ling Soo….