Fantasy Science Fiction Historical World War I female protagonist WWI

Poison Maiden, Open Skies

By Laurie Tom
Oct 28, 2019 · 6,202 words · 23 minutes

Went hiking up MT. Sanitas in Boulder, CO. Snapped this pic on the way up.

Photo by Trevor Brown via Unsplash.

From the author: On the western front, the all female Harpy Squad is deployed in place of chemical weapons. Each member survived a munitions factory accident that transformed them into Poison Maidens who exude an unending cloud of poison to everyone around them. Unable to return home, they fight against the Germans while hoping that one day there will be a cure for their condition.


The wagon comes to halt and tips forward as the pulling soldiers set the shafts down. It is so cramped inside that I'm able to brace myself against the walls and my seat to keep from falling over.

Hell is raining ahead of us. Our artillery pounds the German trenches, but the window before me is so tiny that the only thing I see is the dark of night with the occasional flash from the falling mortars.

Metal scrapes against metal and my enclosure shudders as the soldiers unbar the wagon. One of...

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