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  • Table of Contents

    October 23, 2019 by

    The Table of Contents: A list of related stories in order. Since I’m writing out of order, probably necessary for making sense of things.

  • Ride to Dinner

    January 5, 2020 by

    We’re friends, Nina echoed. My first real friend, not approved by my family. She found herself smiling back too, feeling a little silly but also happy.

  • Moving Day

    October 31, 2019 by

    Blucini told herself this was the right thing to do. With what had happened, she couldn’t hide in this mansion forever and avoid all contact with the outside world until the hysteria and suspicion passed. She needed a normal life and normal interaction. She couldn’t live the life of a caged pretty bird feranoth, its wings forever clipped.

  • Flute Lessons

    October 28, 2019 by

    There was a stool set up for her to sit on, an empty musical stand, and another chair where her teacher would sit.

  • A Part of Life

    October 26, 2019 by

    Proud of her plant, she brought it to show-and-tell the next day. She forgot it there, where it then stayed abandoned in the hallway for the next week, shriveled and died.

  • Breaking Down Barriers

    October 24, 2019 by

    Nina grew up in a rural milieu, which shaped her preconceptions and biases against townsfolk. That didn’t change until she was away from her family while finishing up her education – and lived inside the boundaries of that same town.

  • Walking Lesson

    October 23, 2019 by

    He took another step. She released his hand. Two more steps and he teetered again. She grabbed under his shoulder and held him before he fell over.

  • Living Up to Her

    October 23, 2019 by

    He would be the first one to walk into the newly-excavated building. He had received the letter the other day and it promised him that right.

  • Cataclysm

    October 23, 2019 by

    The dishes and plates jumped up from the table, bouncing around and the glass fell the floor, covering the woken mats in broken glass. They screamed. Xandri leapt up.

  • Reflections In The House

    October 23, 2019 by

    They were planning to infiltrate a really old house rumored to be haunted. The building was so ancient, it was closed off with a high fence and signs with warnings on them.

  • A Gray Day Ails

    October 22, 2019 by

    The bell above the shop door tinkled as it opened. Frell looked over casually. Her eyes widened at the uncommon sight: some kind of colorful underwater slug slithered inside. Definitely not something she usually saw on land here.

  • All The Fun

    October 21, 2019 by

    Atlas picked himself back up again. The problem had to be in the gears operating the flap of the wings. He might have tightened them too much. He went back to his workbench, took it off, adjusted the tension and put the straps back on. He made sure to add a little lubricant around the moving parts, in case that was the issue.

  • Here In The Blink of An Eye

    October 20, 2019 by

    Worse, something was creating some new kind of noise and I didn’t like it at all. It was like echoey watery whispers any time it was misty or cloudy. It filled my senses during the thickest parts of moonrise. I needed my sleep!

  • A Dance in the Den

    October 17, 2019 by

    The aunt’s face lit up with pure joy and recognition. “Yes! It is good to rekindle. Please eat the pie, while it is still hot. It’s not as good the next day. I hope you like it. It was nice to meet you.”

  • Things That Fall From the Sky

    October 16, 2019 by

    The stars were gone. Well, some of them. All above overheard, in some kind of impossibly larger black shape. The shower of trails of falling stars in the other regions of the sky outlined it distinctly.

  • Busy Little Helper

    October 15, 2019 by

    “Hold on.” Blucini was holding the jar of fish chunks over her head as Steed tried climbing up her body to get to them. Nina just laughed and didn’t help at all. “Do something!”

  • Lesson Learned

    October 11, 2019 by

    Most of the other children where she lived had instruction in useful skills and practical abilities and here she was, just learning a bunch of useless dusty old facts she’d never be expected to remember or use in the future…

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