short story

The After Kiss

It was five minutes till midnight hour and my phone alarm went off. I straightened against the side of the building and fumbled to get it out of my jeans to shut off the insistent buzzing. My gloved fingers made this more difficult than usual, but I couldn’t take them off in this cold.

Charm smiled down at me and said, “Is it time for you to go home? At the stroke of midnight like a modern day Cinderella?

I laughed awkwardly, the warmth I’d found in his arms slowly fading as my mind circled through the consequences of delaying any longer.

“I do have to go,” I told him, still smiling. “My dad isn’t that strict but I have a curfew.”

“Alright,” he said, pulling me closer, he words a warm puff on my cold forehead. “I’ll drop you home. Leave your car here. I’ll pick you up in the morning for classes.” One hand circled my waist while the other pressed into the middle of my back. He held me like he didn’t want to let go. (more…)

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Original short fiction – The Story of Khirm

I recently edited (with considerable help from friends) my short fantasy fiction about a kingdom choosing its first monarch. I hope you like it!~~

This is how it all began. When first the need for a king arose, they called the bravest and the cleverest of the land to a war of wit and strength to win the crown. We know that in the end Khirm ascended the throne, but which of these courageous men was he?

Thief! (a short illustrated prequel to ‘The Thief’ by Megan Whalen Turner) [Free Read]

Megan Whalen Turner, the author of the acclaimed Queen’s Thief series, wrote a short prequel Thief! for the Disney Adventures Magazine in 2000. The first book in this series was first published in 1996 and then re-released in 2005 by Eos. This short story came out between the second and third book in the series.

M.W. Turner’s fans are ardent and near-stalkerish (join the club here) but they are also suffering from a long draught between Turner’s last release and the well-anticipated fifth book. So this particular prequel is especially valuable to us, because it gives a tiny glimpse into Gen’s childhood and reconnects us with our favourite boy thief.

About this short story.

Thief! (The Queen's Thief, #0.5)Thief! by Megan Whalen Turner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Megan Whalen Turner made this short story available online for us to read. Go (more…)

Forever Mine – Prequel [Sarah and Sydney] (by Elizabeth Reyes)

Below is a short, well-written glimpse into Sarah’s early years with her best friend, Sydney, in Flagstaff AZ. Author Elizabeth Reyes posted it on her blog (link) for us to enjoy. If you’ve never read her works I suggest you begin with the first of the Moreno Brothers series – Forever Mine – (It’s on my list of the best YA romance of this year).

Foreword:
 “This was an alternate beginning to FM. It sort of reads like the beginning of Sofie skipping years to show the bond between Syd and Sarah. How they met, became close etc. However in the end I decided the REAL story of Forever Mine didn’t really start until she gets the call from her mother. So this was left on the cutting room floor. (more…)

a funny story (fable)

On the first day of my first year class, a professor told us this joke:

Many years ago, a man who sold hats, walked from one village to another through a forest.

Tired, he rested under a large, shady tree. He did not notice the suddenly excited chattering above him and quickly fell asleep.

His hats lay beside him.

When the man woke up, he yawned and then turned to find that all his hats had vanished!

This time hearing the racket up in the tree, he looked up to see a tribe of monkeys – everyone of whom, wore his hats.
Worried out of his wits- for the hats were his livelihood- he wondered what to do. Finally, he remembered that he was still wearing on of his hats on his head. He looked up again at the monkeys and recalled what he knew of their habits.

Then he tore the hat off his head and threw it on the ground.

The monkeys, seeming much fascinated by this, pulled off the hats from their own heads and threw them on the ground as well!

The man, then, quickly picked them up and went hurrying out of the forest.

Now, in the present day, another hat-seller passing through the same forest, sat under the same tree and leaving his hats in a pile by his side, fell soundly asleep.

When he awoke, he found that his hats had disappeared. He looked up to the branches and saw a tribe of hat-wearing monkeys laughing at him.

Now, remembering that his grand-father had got into the same predicament many years ago, he pulled off his hat from his head and threw it on the ground.

A monkey climbed down the tree, picked up his hat and ran up to his friends again.

As the man gaped, bemusedly, up at them, the monkey laughed and said, ‘human, do you think you’re the only one who had a grandfather?’

dirt

My roots are dirty. Someone has poured dirt on my roots! They were clean this morning. Oh, yes, I’m certain they were clean. I had felt the air on them- warm and soothing. It had been most comforting. I had fallen asleep.

And now to wake up with dirt on my roots! Outrageous!

I look around me. There is nothing but a large expanse of shiny surface all around, and I sit in the middle with dirt on my roots. A little bit of air moves near my upper leaves. They are young and sensitive to the slightest movements in the air. It isn’t the wind, as I had hoped, but a head. A human head.

The human head peers down at me and watches me sit in the dirt. It is a humiliating experience. I retort by holding my young stems rigidly still. I am offended. Let there be no doubt about that. (more…)

Assassin Study [A Valek story] by Maria V. Snyder

Yelena, the heroine of Maria V. Snyder’s stunning debut novel Poison Study, is on her way to her ancestral homeland of Sitia to be reunited with her family and to learn more about her magical powers. An order of execution hangs over her head should she ever return to Ixia. But her true love, Valek, quickly learns that an assassin has taken it upon himself to make sure Yelena doesn’t reach her destination… As Ixia’s chief of security, and a highly skilled assassin himself, can Valek track down the killer in time to save Yelena’s life? (more…)