From Blog to Book

She’d always been shy, awkward in her own skin. Years of bullying at school had made her even more afraid of interacting with new people, or not new for that matter. From shy, she’d gone solitary, remote. Some who didn’t know her thought she believed herself better than her peers. She didn’t but her peers…

Betrayed

He didn’t want to do it, but what choice did he have? If he didn’t go, his father would punish him. It was better not to think of the punishments. Although it was hard to deny their consequences. He was still limping from the last. So up he went into the tower where she stayed,…

World Collapsing

Ezariah woke in a bed she knew before opening her eyes wasn’t her own. But it wasn’t the alien furniture that had awakened her, rather the nagging pulse of magic, which seemed to keep her anchored to the bed. In fact she felt as if it kept her attached to the world. She struggled to…

Calling upon a Knight

Abigail looked down at the parchment; threw it in the fire. Nobody could know. She watched it burn to ashes. Inhaling once she stood, just as the front door open. Here goes, she thought. Stay cordial. Chivalry has many guises. She dropped her hands to her side while people rushed through the house. She mustn’t struggle….

Audition

She shredded the cloth with her knife, before bending it in half, then brutally whipping it against the floor. She then proceeded to cut some cloth and wrap it about her toes carefully. Everything had to be perfect. Ava had been working towards this day for a decade and here it was. Over the years,…

A Life to Bargain

Dolan sat by the well, nursing his bruised ego. He cursed his parents for bestowing such a portentous name upon him. It wasn’t fair. He was smaller than most youth his age; some girls were even taller than him. They all tyrannized him, taunting him for being weak. He was supposed to be a man…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Tapping Stick

The woman moved the stick and like puppets they all moved with it. A foot there, a hand raised over the head. She moved again tapping the rod on the floor and they all lifted a leg, dropping into an arabesque. Puppets moved and placed by the puppeteer. Once posed, they didn’t move until the…