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Patience Mackarness

Horseplay

Published Aug 27, 2019 · 557 words (3 minutes) · 90 views

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Inspired by a celebrated work of art, a group of schoolgirls speculate about sexual experience.

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Patience Mackarness

The Music Tree

Published Aug 27, 2019 · 752 words (3 minutes) · 68 views

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Musician Uncle Fred has been buried in his garden, and an apple tree planted on the grave by his family. But the fruit it bears one summer is not what they expected. Originally published by Peacock Journal (strapline: 'Beauty First') in 2018.

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Michael McCormick

Twelfth Pilgrim

Published Aug 27, 2019 · 1,111 words (5 minutes) · 1 like · 141 views

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On a holy pilgrimage, one of the pilgrims is not what she seems!

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Nancy Jane Moore

Cakewalk

Published Aug 23, 2019 · 985 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 172 views

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I did, in fact, see a woman with a cake balanced on her head going up the escalator at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Some weeks later, I saw her again on the sidewalk. I never had the nerve to speak to her, so I wrote this story instead.

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Phoebe Barton

Midway on the Waves

Published Aug 23, 2019 · 8,172 words (30 minutes) · 256 views

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Twenty-five years after Titan won its independence, a woman who witnessed a city shattered is still trying to come to grips with her trauma in the shards of her world. This is a follow-up to the story "Where the Flock Wanders."

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KJ Kabza

Upriver

Published Aug 23, 2019 · 2,403 words (9 minutes) · 1 view

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After a hard life spent suffering from other peoples' greed, Diana doesn't think an afterlife spent stuck on the banks of the River Acheron is so bad--until she realizes that even here, the greed and suffering goes on. What will Diana do, now that she has nothing left to lose?

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Kathleen Vyn

The Word From Fire Valley

Published Aug 22, 2019 · 3,825 words (14 minutes) · 1 like · 46 views

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Christa, an orphan, wants to find out how and why her parents died.

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Carlie St. George

This Lexicon of Bone and Feathers

Published Aug 22, 2019 · 4,880 words (18 minutes) · 183 views

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Four different alien species, recently at war, meet at a culture conference in an effort to find unity through art. When monsters attack, a small group of female and non-binary artist-warriors must band together to prove they can peacefully coexist and defeat said monsters.

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James Van Pelt

The Lies

Published Aug 21, 2019 · 1,217 words (5 minutes) · 183 views

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The magnificent short story writer, Bruce Holland Rogers, said that he wrote his award-winning tale, "The Dead Boy at Your Window," from a writing prompt. The prompt was, "Begin a story with a lie." I used that prompt for this short, apocalyptic piece.

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Charlotte Platt

Horse to Water

Published Aug 21, 2019 · 4,346 words (16 minutes) · 1 like · 126 views

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A volunteer at an animal shelter gets more than she bargained for when she's called to collect a horse abandoned at the side of a lake. Who is the mysterious woman who comes to collect him? And why is the horse adorned in silver jewellery? Originally published in Trouble Among the Stars #3, link https://troubleamongthestars.com/2019/08/02/issue-3-is-here/

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An early start for a photoshoot on Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park for a client. Took a series of quick shots while waiting for the sun to peak over the hills in the distance!