Fragile Prison

They ensured the sealing of the portal was complete. Once they did, the members of the circle finally breathed easier. It had been weeks since they last rested. Now they could. Although all knew the power lying behind the sealed door was merely dormant and not destroyed. They didn’t have the strength or magic to…

Bitter End

“I was in love with a man the world did not want me to have.” “Why?” She shrugged; why did people decide that someone should or should not love another being? “Don’t you know at all?” Of course she did. Now. But not then. She hadn’t understood. She’d rebelled, she’d cried but nothing did anything….

What Makes a Hero?

There were pools of blood in the courtyard; many had died so that one might be saved. Well two rather, but one didn’t count as much as the other. In the mud lay two gigantic men, each in their own way: one in strength and courage, the other in power and magic. What would History…

Worlds in Danger

The three of them had been digging for hours, the world around them dark and humid. It wasn’t good, Danik grumbled. There was something unnatural about being this deep. Pleore knew he was right but they had their orders; whether they liked it or not they must obey. It wasn’t as if they could do…

The Goddess’s Island

Joshua pulled himself out of the water, weary and exhausted. His hands hurt a lot more on the pebbles of the beach that they should. Dragging his tired body on the shores he looked over his shoulder: the ship was gone. It was as it was supposed but still; one didn’t come here without consequences….

Where The Crows Gathered

The Stenham house was an ancient locked thing and nothing returned there except for crows. At least, that was what most people thought in the area. And they were happy for it to stay exactly that way thank you very much. The Stenhams had been freaks of nature unfit for life in normal society. Words…

Wood Nymph ~ The Price of Freedom

She spurred her horse to a gallop and reached the forest fast enough. She cast a glance behind her before leading Gawain through narrow paths between the trees. Despite the tears blurring her vision, she directed the stallion carefully. Few would dare follow her here. She would be in trouble when she went back but…

Perplexed/Tale Weaver ~ Cursed

Erin stepped back from the easel; she finally got it right. She’d been trying for months to paint this. A transient, ephemeral vision. She knew she dreamed of it, but she couldn’t quite capture its essence, its shape. Something waited for her inside. But she had no clue what. She wanted to reach for it;…

Clock ~ Behind the Words

“But your Majesty, how will you please me?” The prostitute asked, cocking her head playfully. “Your cock is so small, my 6 year old brother is more manly than you are.” And what would the tyrant do then? Why? He killed her of course. Because what better way to show your virility than killing a…

Second/Punishment/Explore ~ Justice

From the very first second Mesrea knew there was nothing to do. Nothing she could say would make a difference. She was angry. It wasn’t fair. She didn’t deserve to be here. But she was. She sat where she was expected to, hands clasped on the table. The first order of business was dealt with…

Depth ~ Where the Eagles Fly

Sitting on the branch, Selena observed the eagles through the lens of her camera: they were such magnificent creatures, kings of the skies. No wonder they were Zeus’s symbols in the old days. She sighed. Sometimes she wished she could be like them: free, without any responsibilities. No job, no rent to pay… a bird…

The Tower ~ Betrayal

Talhia laughed, as Serena turned and twirled in front of the mirror admiring the dress. The gowns their father brought back for his daughters were the latest fashion from La Serenissima. Knowing how ridiculously the merchants from the Republic charged for their clothes, it must have been a particularly lucrative season, although Talhia knew every…