Warm Cookies on a Cold Night

“You ready, Betty?” I hear my friend Alexa call from the other room. “Almost, give me a second!” I struggle with the plastic wrap, pulling one more layer over my plate of cookies. “Let’s go see the fire trucks!” Alexa says. I pick up the cookies and hurry into the front room, where Alexa waits […]

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Three Journal Entries

3 October, 2005 Today I met Kaif, a boy down the street! He’s nine, a whole year older than me! But our birthdays are close. We played football together with his old ball. He needs a new one, this one has patches holding it together. It was still fun, though! We’re gonna play more tomorrow! […]

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Separados

“¡Buen dia, Mamá!” I say as I sit down at the table. “Buen dia, hijito.” Mamá hands me a bowl and a box of Froot Loops. Mi hermano has a bowl in front of him, too, but his cereal is getting soggy. His spoon rests forgotten in his hand as he stares at el televisión. […]

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Marbles

“You ready?” Mike asked as he finished drawing the circle in the dirt, about three feet in diameter. “You should be asking yourself that.” Lucy smiled as she produced her bag. “May the best team win,” Gabe said, opening his own bag and spilling his marbles into the circle. “Oh, we plan to,” Bubba sneered. […]

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Agent of Change

Author: Nathan Heard Content Advisory: Violence “Trussk, are you up for this?” I stare down at the parchment that my employer, Artavan Glass, holds out towards me. The parchment is sealed with the Darek House’s crest. “Yes, sir.” Artavan nods. As usual, he is wearing an expensive scarlet coat with gold embroidery over an equally expensive […]

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No More Tears

Author: Nico Heard Content Advisory: Violence, Adult Themes (Addiction) I grit my teeth as I shovel another pile of horse poop into the dump. The smell is nauseating, nearly causing me to gag. Flies buzz everywhere, flying into my ears and biting my legs. The horses whinny and trample the moldy hay. I wipe the sweat […]

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Innocent

Author: Joel Cox Content Advisory: Moderate Violence, Mild Language, Some Adult Themes Even upon the floating mountain of Ropolz, Autumn Fenborn felt grounded. All her life she had fought with tooth and claw for meager survival in the lower city of the cultural metropolis, floating from beggar to prostitute to thief to mercenary. She knew the […]

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Breakout

Author: Nathan Heard Content Advisory: Violence, mild language We got it. The High Lord’s crown rests in my hands. It’s a little heavier than I expected. Even though I knew it was solid gold with rubies encrusted in it, I still expected it to rest a little lighter. I bring it up and tip it on […]

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Skeleton in the Closet

Author: Josh Gash Content Advisory: Moderate Violence The tinny tinkling of a bell made Estelle Veltren look up from her worn book. A young man, maybe sixteen or seventeen, wearing what appeared to be stable boy clothes, or maybe a poor guild artisan’s apprentice outfit (one could never really tell), timidly walked into Estelle’s tidy shop. […]

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Come Hell or High Water

Author: Erika Rowlee The streets of the mid-day marketplace were clogged up, jam packed with vendors and guild members and those purchasing from them. Inawynn had been surrounded with such crowds for as long as she could remember, and learned early on the ducking and dodging, bobbing and weaving – the dance of such places. […]

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