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Short Story: Holiday Cheer

The one thing that pained him about Sadie was how expressive she was. Even without saying a word, Charles knew when his ten-year-old wasn’t enjoying the meal prep. It came across in the way she kept her head ducked and inspected her task with care before she actually started it. “Why so glum?” he asked… Continue reading Short Story: Holiday Cheer

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Short Story: Gingerbread

“The end.” “Momma,” her daughter said. “There’s not really a house made of candy in the woods, is there?” Concern made her eyes wide. A laugh escaped. “It wouldn’t last very long if there was, now would it?” “No.” Her son cut in matter-of-factly. “All the animals would come and eat it.” “Indeed they would.… Continue reading Short Story: Gingerbread

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Seventh Part Eight

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven Crystal’s blessing allowed her to find the things she needed, sometimes in places they shouldn’t have been. And yet, as she looked at the bare trees stretching below them about a day’s ride south of… Continue reading Seventh Part Eight

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Seventh Part Six

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five “Juni,” Crystal pleaded as they walked. “I’m sorry.”  “Sorry? Sorry! Crystal, you’re going to get yourself killed. That pool is deep and made of snow melt.” Juniper spun around, the loose ribbon in her hair threatening to slip the rest of… Continue reading Seventh Part Six

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Seventh: Part Five

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | No one visited the old graveyard after sundown for a reason. The dead remained silent, but the groundskeeper didn’t like visitors and only tolerated mourners because it meant there were fresh bodies in the ground.  The groundskeeper’s hut was off to the side… Continue reading Seventh: Part Five