• Flash

    Beyond the Bean Stalk

    \\\’Honey, stop spying on him.\\\’ She turned to her husband and fussed. \\\’He\\\’s been at it for weeks. What do you think he\\\’s done? It\\\’s bad enough that the neighbors haven\\\’t let up since the last time.\\\’ He sandwiched her tightly in his arms that had turned to near stone after years of wood chopping. \\\’Darling, you must not be so concerned with those people. They talked about you for being a single mom and then they talked about you for being a widow. They talked about you because of Jack. They talked about you because of that giant business.…

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    A Blessing from the King of the Forest

    The leaves over his eyes rustled. \\\’Do you understand what you are asking?\\\’ I looked into those unblinking gold eyes, unafraid. My auntie had given me the information, explained how I would find the creature, and what would be expected should I make request. \\\’I do.\\\’ \\\’Do you know who I am?\\\’ \\\’You are Cernunnos.\\\’ I answered. The god of the forest nodded. \\\’Tell me what you desire.\\\’ My auntie told me that my only chance was to speak true. I took a breath and pronounced, \\\’To be a fawn again.\\\’ Cerunnos closed his eyes for a time, thinking. When…

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    Crime in the Bayou

    They say there\\\’s never a dull moment in the bayou. In all my time on the force, across all the crime scenes I\\\’ve had to investigate, this was a new one. The young man\\\’s face looks like it had been erased, his brown skin as smooth as a baby\\\’s arm. No lips, eye sockets, or facial hair. Naked, I see that the rest of him is untouched. He\\\’s muscular, tall-ish. It makes me sad to see him. \\\’We scanned his prints and it seems he\\\’s from Las Vegas. Reported missing a week ago by his mom. She\\\’s a pastor of…